The 10 best podcasts for police

By Police1 Staff

This article, originally published 9/30/2017, has been updated with current information.

International Podcast Day – which occurs every Sept. 30 – is an international celebration of the power of podcasts.

Which police podcast do you listen to?Which police podcast do you listen to?

Which police podcast do you listen to? (Photo/Pixabay)

In policing, staying up to date on the latest news, education, training and frontline tactics – all while juggling your professional and personal life – can be difficult.

Here are 10 of the best podcasts for every cop – from rookie to veteran – in no particular order.

We’re kicking this list off with the excellent (no bias) Policing Matters podcast. From defensive tactics training to securing a promotion, host Jim Dudley has covered a wealth of topics with numerous industry experts, and if you have yet to check it out, do yourself a favor and give it a listen. Some notable guests include Axon CEO Rick Smith and martial arts expert Rener Gracie.

This weekly podcast features retired and active-duty police leaders discussing breaking news, hot topics and critical issues impacting all aspects of law enforcement.

Guns. Lots of guns. This podcast features interviews with firearms experts covering topics including self-defense training, gun laws, and competitive shooting.

Law enforcement isn’t an easy profession, and it can take a physical toll. That’s why it’s so important for cops to stay in shape. The Squad Room podcast features health and wellness tips for cops so you can have a longer, better career.

Coroner Talk is a podcast dedicated to the lighter side of criminal investigations: death. In all seriousness, while the subject matter may be heavy, this podcast has a wealth of information for investigators – from the science behind death investigations to the basics of blood pattern evidence.

You can never have enough strategies when it comes to fitness, so be sure to check out this podcast featuring Marc Hildebrand that focuses on tips and tricks for living a healthier life.

Host Patrick Fitzgibbons discusses professional and personal growth with various experts in the criminal justice field in this podcast.


A good one to share with members of your community, Ryan Tillman hosts the #ITSNEEDED podcast, which is designed to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community by providing education on topics such as qualified immunity.

Retired police chief Dean Crisp hosts this “no B.S.” podcast on how to be a better leader.

A retired cold case investigator and an investigative journalist tackle various unsolved cases in this popular true crime podcast.

Which police-specific podcast do you listen to? Add your favorite in the comment section.

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