Policing Australia: The Official Podcast of the Australian Police Journal

Policing Australia: The Official Podcast of the Australian Police Journal

The Australian Police Journal (APJ) is the country’s preeminent true crime and policing publication, and it has launched a monthly podcast series! Join host Jason Byrnes (jason@apjl.com.au) as he discusses new APJ articles as well as interviews authors and other people of note, about serious crimes, police history, contemporary developments in policing, and future initiatives. The 'APJ' and 'Policing Australia: The Official Podcast of the Australian Police Journal' are produced by the Australian Police Journal Pty Ltd, a not-for-profit company which traces its history to 1946 when the then Australian police commissioners authorised the publication of a periodical aimed at enhancing technical skills among the police forces of the era.The APJ's webpage is www.apjl.com.au

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December 28, 2021 53 min

Retired policeman Bob Brown talks with host Jason Byrnes about his career with the Western Australia Police in general, and the WA Tactical Response Group (TRG) in particular. Bob is the author of the article Top End Murders: The Search for the ‘Kimberley Killer’, which appears in the December 2021 issue of the APJ. The article is about a TRG search for a serial killer in a remote part of the state in 1987, during which the team ca...

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Historian and author Michael Bennett talks about some of the amazing stories associated with NSW Police Aboriginal trackers of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Michael’s book, PATHFINDERS: A HISTORY OF ABORIGINAL TRACKERS IN NSW has been nominated for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award in Australian History. For more information about the APJ, go to www.apjl.com.au; to find out more about aboriginal trackers, go to https://pathfinders...

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The APJ has marked its 75th Anniversary with a special issue containing some of the most fascinating articles which have been published over the decades. APJ Editor Pat Paroz joins host Jason Byrnes to discuss what’s inside the anniversary issue. 

Jason then talks to Detective Sergeant Isobel Cummins of the Northern Territory Police. D/SGT Cummins was part of an investigation into a senseless double homicide in the country’s ‘Top En...

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August 5, 2021 53 min

Did you know Adelaide police once conducted a bayonet charge into a mob who were attacking their police station? Did you know police stations often were used as improvised mortuaries, even though this posed a serious risk to the health of the officers? One South Australian Police station was even, for a time, made from disused beer crates! Author and former senior police officer John White talks to host Jason Byrnes about White’s b...

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June 20, 2021 30 min

The feature interview this episode is with the author of the article ‘The Bridge Street Burglary of 1894: The Arming of the NSW Police’. The crime was so serious it resulted in the colonial government of the day deciding to issue firearms to all its police. The author, retired Sergeant Danny Webster, also talks about his ground-breaking work chronicling the duty related deaths of NSW police. APJ editor Pat Paroz also gives an overv...

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May 4, 2021 48 min

How and why do police coordinate Search and Rescue (SAR) operations for missing or lost people? What processes are involved in deciding when to call the searches off? Can police predict the behaviour of lost people? Join host Jason Byrnes as he learns about police involvement in SAR, by talking with Queensland Police Senior Sergeant Jim Whitehead. Snr Sgt Whitehead is a highly experienced SAR coordinator, having been involved in SA...

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Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine AO APM joins us this episode to discuss his thoughts on a number of issues including changes in policing, the role of police today and into the future, countering domestic violence and what is involved in heading both a police force and a government department. Of all the current Australian Police Commissioners, Mr Hine is the longest serving in the role, having formally led the Tasmania Pol...

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March 8, 2021 38 min

This episode features a great story of how police brought a bank robber to justice, 40 years after committing his crimes. Through a mixture of chance and luck the offender had escaped detection at the time of the offences, but a request by a retired police fingerprint expert for police to re-examine an old thumb print, led police (detectives, forensics experts and archivists!) to make a break-through and the arrest. Also in this ep...

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February 1, 2021 32 min

Author and APJ Deputy Editor, retired Detective Senior Sergeant Barry Fay, discusses his 2016 crime case article titled An Unexpected 'Mayday' in November – the callous murder of three men in NSW. The first two were shot inside a Sydney gun shop in 1977. The third victim was a police sergeant, gunned down in 1980 when he unknowingly asked too many questions of the offender in remote bushland to the west of Newcastle. The of...

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Join us to learn about the latest issue of the Australian Police Journal (APJ), including the story of Israel Chapman, Australia’s first police detective. He was sent to Australia as a convict for the crime of  highway robbery! 

We also speak to an Australian police policy advisor at the United Nations in New York, regarding an online exhibition about female Australian police who have served both domestically and internationally. 

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