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


August 10, 2023 37 mins

Ballistics expert, Sergeant Gerard Dutton, talks about his extensive career. Crimes mentioned include his recollections of the Belanglo Forest Backpacker Murders investigation and the investigation into the Port Arthur Massacre. He also talks about the work he did for the United Nations' Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), assisting to build the ballistics analysis capacity for the Palestinian Civil Police. Gerard has been a po...

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In 2012, 11-month-old Zayden Veal-Whitting was murdered while he was asleep in his bedroom cot, in his home in the regional Victorian city of Bendigo. In this episode we hear about how police were able to identify the offender and bring him to justice - a journey of many twists and turns. The investigation was marked by a high degree of professionalism, thoroughness and basics of policing, including knowing the local 'crooks&a...

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June 12, 2023 29 mins

A burglar literally leaves part of himself behind at a crime scene!

APJ Deputy Editor Barry Fay talks about a crime scene investigation he conducted at a Bondi restaurant, where he found the tip of the offender's finger.

APJ Editor Simon Bouda then talks to host Jason Byrnes, about the diverse range of interesting articles in the newly released June 2023 edition of the journal.

Host: Jason Byrnes A...

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May 8, 2023 20 mins

On 30 September 1971 two NSW police officers were murdered at a house in Toongabbie, Western Sydney. The murderer had earlier shot his brother dead, and sexually assaulted his brother’s de-facto partner. After the shootings the murderer fled the house but was later chased by police. The pursuit ended in a crash between the murderer’s car and a police truck, and then another shooting.

In this episode APJ Deputy Editor Barry Fay talks...

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April 8, 2023 32 mins

Hear from experienced Tasmania Police forensic officer Tania Curtis APM, who was one of the police who responded to the Port Arthur Massacre on Sunday 28 April 1996. Thirty-five people were shot dead by a lone gunman on the day at Tasmania’s best known tourist spot, situated in a rural setting 90 minutes’ drive from Hobart.

Then a junior constable who had recently joined the Launceston Scientific Unit, Curtis worked at th...

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March 14, 2023 35 mins

Magistrate Greg Grogin talks to host Jason Byrnes about his article titled Court Craft – the essential skills required for police to be effective in court. Mr Grogin has over 30 years of legal expertise (including as defence barrister) and before that was a police officer – so he’s seen ‘all sides’ of a court room.  The tips and issues raised in the podcast are relevant for police in all jurisdictions.

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February 10, 2023 28 mins

Learn about Australia’s only human body farm. 

The Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research – AFTER – is dedicated to better understanding the physical, chemical and biological process of human decomposition down under. Part of this process involves conducting training exercises for police and forensic scientists, using donated cadavers in bushland. 

AFTER’s Director, Associate Professor Jodie Ward (Universi...

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January 21, 2023 27 mins

Retired Tasmania Police Detective Inspector David Plumpton joins Jason Byrnes to talk about the murder case that resulted in Tasmania’s last judicially sanctioned hanging. David also talks about his plans regarding the victim’s place of rest. The victim, Evelyn Maughan, is buried in an unmarked grave and David wants to erect a headstone to honour her. First, he needs the permission of a family member.

For a few weeks the APJ will al...

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December 27, 2022 26 mins

The true story of a woman kidnapped from her suburban home and left tied to a tree in bushland, while the offender lazily issued a $500,000 ransom demand. The story is also about the fortunate series of events which led police to rescue the woman before she succumbed to the elements and injuries. Sent to gaol for his horrendous crime, the offender later came to a violent end whilst robbing a second-hand antiques store.

APJ Deputy Ed...

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November 13, 2022 24 mins

APJ Deputy Editor Barry Fay discusses one of the more difficult police investigations he was involved in as a fingerprint expert: the so-called Jane Doe Murder Mystery. 

Detectives and support staff spent months trying to identify the body of a young woman, murdered and left abandoned on a suburban street in late 1991. One of the more gruesome elements was a fingerprint found on newspaper that had been forced into the throat/mouth o...

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October 9, 2022 54 mins

Retired Detective Inspector Dennis Bray talks to Jason Byrnes about his high-profile investigation regarding the disappearance and murders of Kerry Whelan and Dottie Davis. Bray’s article, Crueller than Murder, is the feature article of the September 2022 issue of the Australian Police Journal.

Rather than canvassing each step of the investigation, Dennis talks about aspects of the complicated and complex operation – topics discusse...

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September 3, 2022 45 mins

Veteran crime reporter and new APJ Editor Simon Bouda, joins host Jason Byrnes to talk about his journalistic career, themes in crime reporting and the contents of the latest issue of the APJ (September 2022).

Retired US police officer Sean Grogan then joins Jason to talk about body language and its implications for policing. Sean currently teaches body language to police around the world; his conversation with Jason ranges from bas...

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August 6, 2022 51 mins

Money laundering is an insidious crime which harms the Australian way of life. 

Author and financial crime expert Nathan Lynch talks to podcast host Jason Byrnes about money laundering and some of the excellent work done by Australian law enforcement and criminal intelligence agencies in countering the crime. 

Examples discussed include failures by banks to monitor financial transactions, public/private partnerships to inve...

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Chris Dawson APM was the 29th Commissioner of the Western Australia Police Force. This month he retired from the role and was appointed Governor of the state of Western Australia – the first time a former police officer has occupied the viceregal position.

Before he left the force, Commissioner Dawson spoke to Policing Australia to discuss his thoughts on policing. He also talked about his 38-year career in law enforcement, includin...

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June 20, 2022 46 mins

Listen to barrister Mark Tedeschi QC as he discusses one of the more notable episodes in his prosecutorial career – the prosecution of notorious murderer Bruce Burrell. As Crown Prosecutor, Tedeschi worked with a legal team and police to secure the conviction of Burrell for two vicious murders, committed for financial gain. The bodies of the victims have never been found.

In the podcast you will head Tedeschi talk about a range of i...

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April 13, 2022 48 mins

Author David Dufty talks about his book – ‘Nabbing Ned Kelly: The extraordinary true story of the men who brought Australia's notorious outlaw to justice'. The book is a refreshingly new look at the work of police in bringing a major criminal to justice in colonial Victoria. It challenges the myths surrounding Kelly and his gang, who were in real life vicious and violent thugs. The book is published by Allen & Unwin a...

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March 29, 2022 28 mins

The story of a multi-jurisdictional manhunt for a vicious murderer who killed and beheaded his victim. During his time on the run, the offender decided to audition as an extra for a major movie! He was eventually captured at gunpoint in the remove Northern Territory. The author was one of the leading investigators into the matter. APJ Editor Pat Paroz also provides an overview of the diverse range of articles in the latest issue of...

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Recently retired NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller discusses his thoughts on multiple issues impacting contemporary policing. These include the evolving nature of crime, the impact of COVID-19 on the force, and the relationship between police and the community, elected officials and the media. He also reflects on his experiences as a policeman, especially the period where he led the nation’s largest force.

This is the s...

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December 28, 2021 53 mins

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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November 4, 2021 43 mins

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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