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Cops and Writers is a podcast hosted by retired police sergeant and author, Patrick O'Donnell. The podcast provides valuable insights and humor for crime writers who want to create accurate and believable police stories. O'Donnell conducts in-depth interviews with members of law enforcement and civilian experts, discussing police procedures and culture. He also interviews crime fiction writers and writers from different genres, discussing what works in the ever-changing landscape of book sales and publishing. The podcast offers candid stories told with cop humor and technical details about the world of law enforcement. 

Cops and Writers Podcast Patrick O'Donnell

    • True Crime
    • 4.9 • 44 Ratings

Cops and Writers is a podcast hosted by retired police sergeant and author, Patrick O'Donnell. The podcast provides valuable insights and humor for crime writers who want to create accurate and believable police stories. O'Donnell conducts in-depth interviews with members of law enforcement and civilian experts, discussing police procedures and culture. He also interviews crime fiction writers and writers from different genres, discussing what works in the ever-changing landscape of book sales and publishing. The podcast offers candid stories told with cop humor and technical details about the world of law enforcement. 

    175 Things Police See With Sergeant Steve Gould! (Part Two)

    175 Things Police See With Sergeant Steve Gould! (Part Two)

    Welcome back everybody to the conclusion of my interview with with non-other than the host of the wildly popular podcast, Things Police See, Sergeant Steve Gould! If you love police stories, you are going to want to listen to my interviews with Steve!Steve Gould has 17 years in law enforcement. Four years as a natural resource officer and thirteen as a police officer. Currently a sergeant in a small town in western Massachusetts and host of the Things Police See Podcast. Steve has a treasure ...

    • 50 min
    174 Things Police See With Sergeant Steve Gould! (Part One)

    174 Things Police See With Sergeant Steve Gould! (Part One)

    Welcome everybody to part one of this special two-part episode with none other than the host of the wildly popular podcast, Things Police See, Sergeant Steve Gould! If you love police stories, you are going to want to listen to my interviews with Steve!Steve Gould has 17 years in law enforcement. Four years as a natural resource officer and thirteen as a police officer. Currently, a sergeant in a small town in western Massachusetts and host of the Things Police See Podcast. Steve has a treasu...

    • 49 min
    173 True Crime, Murder by Antifreeze, and Blending Fact and Fiction With Ken Humphrey!

    173 True Crime, Murder by Antifreeze, and Blending Fact and Fiction With Ken Humphrey!

    Today on the show we are going to blend true crime and fiction with Ken Humphrey who was the jury foreman for the longest trial in Wisconsin history (lucky him) who eventually turned his experience into a novel, The Breakfast Jury, that blends fact and fiction during this extraordinary event. Ken Humphrey is the author of nine novels, consisting of a middle grade trilogy, a pair of teen books, a thriller trilogy titled The Killing Arc and now The Breakfast Jury. This latest novel arose f...

    • 1 hr 6 min
    172 Retired Boynton Beach Police Officer Eric Reynolds Shares His Story of Transformation and Resilience (Part Two)

    172 Retired Boynton Beach Police Officer Eric Reynolds Shares His Story of Transformation and Resilience (Part Two)

    Welcome back to the conclusion of my interview with Eric Reynolds. Eric Reynolds, a former Boynton Beach Florida Police Officer turned health advocate, shares a story of transformation and resilience. He is the son of June Hawkins, a retired Miami-Dade Homicide Sgt. and step-son of Sgt Al Singleton who were both featured in the Netflix series Griselda. Eric's journey took an unexpected turn when he discovered through DNA his half-brother, Dave Stull a fellow police officer in Florida. Da...

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Bonus Episode! My Interview on The Midwest Writers Room Podcast With Luella Schmidt and Ken Humphrey!

    Bonus Episode! My Interview on The Midwest Writers Room Podcast With Luella Schmidt and Ken Humphrey!

    Today, we are speaking with Patrick O’Donnell. Patrick O’Donnell is a retired police sergeant with 25 years experience with the city of Milwaukee Police Department. During his police career he worked exclusively on the street in patrol, and he participated and supervised different special units (anti-gang unit, licensed premise unit, violent crime task force, and armed robbery unit). He is now the author of nine books, including the police procedurals Cops and Writers reference guides. His la...

    • 47 min
    171 Retired Boynton Beach Police Officer Eric Reynolds Shares His Story of Transformation and Resilience (Part One)

    171 Retired Boynton Beach Police Officer Eric Reynolds Shares His Story of Transformation and Resilience (Part One)

    Today on the show we are going on the road. Well, actually, we’re interviewing someone who is living on the road with his wife and children, Eric Reynolds. Eric Reynolds, a former Boynton Beach Florida Police Officer turned health advocate, shares a story of transformation and resilience. He is the son of June Hawkins, a retired Miami-Dade Homicide Sgt. and step-son of Sgt Al Singleton who were both featured in the Netflix series Griselda. Eric's journey took an unexpected turn when he d...

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

moonmist ,

Nick Petrie - Episode 158

A highly interesting interview with author Nick Petrie. He truly is a ‘blue collar’ author. Lots of great info in this episode. And, as always, Patrick O’Donnell brings out the best in each of his guests and lets them shine. Patrick is always well prepared and asks the questions each of his listeners would ask themselves. He never leaves his guests, or his listeners, hanging. I’ve listened to untold numbers of podcasts on writing and crime and none can hold a candle to Patrick’s Cops and Writers podcast.

RondaWrites ,

Patrick is a great host

Patrick has the perfect voice for a podcaster—and he does a fabulous job interviewing his guests. And the guests are always interesting! If you write crime/suspense/mystery, this is the podcast to follow. 🙌🏻

46774222 ,

Distracting

The podcast material is excellent. The main issue is that there is rustling and background noise ( I think some of it is where the host is writing) that makes it too distracting to listen to.

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