Cops and Writers is an informative, and sometimes humorous podcast primarily for crime writers that are serious about creating accurate and believable police stories. Your host Sergeant Patrick O'Donnell worked the street as a cop and sergeant in one of the biggest police departments in America for over 25 years. Now retired, he is an author, consultant, public speaker, and podcaster here to help you write your best crime-related story.O'Donnell will conduct in-depth interviews with members of state, federal, and local law enforcement and civilian experts in police procedure getting the questions you want to be answered regarding the often misunderstood and misrepresented world of police procedure and police culture. O’Donnell will also be interviewing crime fiction writers and writers from all different genres that have police procedures in their stories on the show. They will be discussing what works for them in the ever-changing landscape of book sales and publishing.If you like candid stories told with cop humor and lots of technical details about the world the police live in, come ride along with O'Donnell and his guests as they give you an exclusive peek behind the yellow tape.
Our guest for today’s show is probably one of the nicest and most generous people in the writing industry, Jamie Davis.
Jamie Davis is also a nurse, retired paramedic, author, podcaster, and nationally recognized medical educator who began teaching new emergency responders as a training officer for his local EMS program.
If you want to write accurate crime drama, you should be incorporating the world of emergency medicine. Jamie wil...
Our guest for today’s show is Dave Chesson.
Since many of you are writers, you know Dave from his excellent company, Kindlepreneur, which helps out authors with many free videos and services, and his Publisher Rocket software.
There is much more to Dave than meets the eye. He owns multiple companies and is truly a serial entrepreneur. Dave is also a veteran of the United States Navy where he served aboard a submarine, was a Navy li...
Our guest today is Retired Chief Deputy Marc Cameron of the U.S. Marshals.
He holds a second-degree black belt in Jujitsu and is a certified scuba diver and man-tracking instructor.
As well as serving over 30 years in law enforcement both as a city police officer and the bulk of his career with the U.S. Marshals, he is also a best-selling author of three series, most notable the Tom Clancy /Jack Ryan Campus Thriller series.
Retired F.B.I Special Agent Jerri Williams joins us for today's show!
Jerri Williams served 26 years as a Special Agent with the FBI.
Jerri takes us on her journey from being a juvenile probation agent to becoming a special agent in the FBI. Jerri also reveals the selection and testing process she went through to become a special agent in the FBI.
Jerri gives us a behind-the-scenes peek into the F.B.I. and how they solve crimes...
You have the right to get your facts straight to know what happens after you have been arrested and need a lawyer.
Our guest today, Jennifer Severino has spent ten years as a Criminal Defense Attorney and will give us her perspective of the criminal justice system. Jennifer shares stories from the courtroom and reveals what kind of relationships defense attorneys have with prosecutors, the answer may surprise you.
Jennifer and I dis...
In today's episode, Scott Moon shares with us how he balances his job as a police lieutenant with a successful author career.
Scott shares his journey as a young man traveling to Los Angeles to be in a metal band playing guitar. How years later he wound up being a police officer and now attained the rank of lieutenant, and his continuing success running his author business.
You don't want to miss this story!
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In this special St. Parick's Day bonus episode, Marie O'Hlloran shares her experiences as a 22 year veteran of the Irish Polic Force, An Garda Síochána.
Marie and I chat about everything from her training at Garda College, experiences on the job, and a treasure trove of other information about the Irish Police Force.
She also reveals her struggles with the aftermath of a near-fatal squad accident she was severely injured in...
Today's special guest is none other than Craig Martelle!
Craig explains his journey from being an intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps for twenty years, becoming an attorney, working as a business consultant, and eventually becoming a full-time author.
Craig dispels myths and misconceptions regarding military characters, especially the way Marines are portrayed in books, movies, and television.
Craig also gives...
Today our special guest is Coroner Darren Dake.
We discuss his 30-year career in law enforcement including 20 years being a death investigator, and most recently his election to the position of coroner.
Darren takes us into death investigations in detail. We discuss cases involving infants to senior citizens. Because of this, some may find this episode unsettling and disturbing, this is definitely an episode that is not suitable f...
Do you write stories involving the Royal Canadian Mounted Police? Or are you just curious about this historic police organization or police work in Canada? If you answered yes, this is the episode for you!
In today's episode, we're going north to Canada to learn about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police force. (Retired) Sergeant Patrick O'Donnell interviews Constable Forest Macek of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
In today's show, Josh Hayes of Keystroke Medium takes us on his Journey from police officer to full-time author.
Josh takes us down his path from growing up as a military brat, joining the United States Air Force, becoming a police officer where he worked as a patrol officer, bicycle officer, community policing officer, and being a member of the bomb squad, to eventually retiring early to become a full-time author.
Josh walks u...
Today we are going to take you into the courtroom with our special guest former Assistant District Attorney Sharon Riek of the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.
Have you ever wondered what happens next after a person is arrested and processed by the police? Who ultimately decides on what criminal charge a person will face and will try this case in a court of law?
Look no further! ADA Riek will reveal the inner workings of th...
Today we are going to the crime lab with our special guest Forensic DNA Analyst Melissa Kreikemeier.
If you write stories that involve forensic science and want to get your facts straight regarding this often-misunderstood field of police science, this episode is for you.
Melissa will also take us on her journey into how she got into this fascinating field of forensic science.
Melissa explains the misconceptions and misrepresentat...
In today's episode, Patrick O'Donnell interviews veteran Police Detective Adam Richardson of the "Writers Detective Bureau" Facebook group and podcast.
(Retired) Sergeant Patrick O'Donnell and Det. Richardson discusses how a police officer becomes a detective and what special training and testing are required to become a detective. Richardson also reveals what a typical day looks like for a detective.
Episode one of the Cops and Writers podcast. Your host Patrick O'Donnell welcomes all of you who want to write more compelling and accurate crime stories.
In this short introductory episode, O'Donnell explains that most of his shows will be interviews with members of state, federal, and local law enforcement. He will ask the questions that you want answers to about the often misunderstood and misrepresented world of police ...
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