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    • 4.3 • 130 Ratings

Talking the beat with leaders and experts.

Police1 is the world’s most comprehensive and trusted online destination for law enforcement professionals, department decision-makers and industry experts.

Founded in 1999, with more than 515,000 registered members representing more than 16,000 departments, Police1 effectively provides the law enforcement community with the information they need to protect their communities and come home safe after every shift.

    The importance of mentoring candidates through the police recruitment process

    The importance of mentoring candidates through the police recruitment process

    Long before we hit the wall with police officer recruitment, Sgt. Justin Collins, an 18-year veteran of the Rochester Police Department, co-founded Police Exam Career Prep (PECP) with the goal of mentoring and guiding a new generation of law enforcement officers. 


    In this episode of Policing Matters, host Jim Dudley chats with Sgt. Collins about how PECP has been able to help more than 75 dedicated men and women prepare for the police hiring process and make their dream of becoming a police officer come true.

    • 27 min
    Dr. John Violanti on building healthy, resilient police officers

    Dr. John Violanti on building healthy, resilient police officers

    Across public safety, personnel work in conditions that range from boredom to sudden periods of extreme stress. In addition, it’s no secret that officers don’t get enough quality sleep or meals and work ungodly hours, as well as excessive overtime. But what are the lasting, long-term effects of these occupational hazards?


    In this episode of Policing Matters, host Jim Dudley speaks with Dr. John Violanti, noted police wellness researcher and LE veteran, about the increased risks police officers face from stress and cardiovascular disease.

    • 36 min
    Chief Carmen Best on the challenges facing police leaders

    Chief Carmen Best on the challenges facing police leaders

    In this episode of Policing Matters, host Jim Dudley speaks with Chief Carmen Best, who recently released her memoir, “Black in Blue: Lessons on Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Racial Reconciliation,” about the leadership lessons she learned as Seattle’s first Black woman police chief charged with steering the agency through some of the most critical events in policing history.

    • 23 min
    How to be a cop and be happy

    How to be a cop and be happy

    On this episode of Policing Matters, host Jim Dudley is joined by attorney and former deputy sheriff Bridget Truxillo, who now works to bring wellness and support to the public safety community as founder and CEO of Protective Wellness. Jim and Bridget chat about how law enforcement officers can apply wellness principles to improve their emotional health.

    • 33 min
    Life as a rural law enforcement officer

    Life as a rural law enforcement officer

    According to Bureau of Justice statistics, nearly half of all local police departments have fewer than 10 officers. Three in four of the departments (75%) have no more than two dozen officers. And nine in 10 employ fewer than 50 sworn officers.


    Policing is tough, but even more challenging when you consider the many responsibilities officers face in smaller departments, often responding to calls without backup and across large geographical distances.


    In this episode of Policing Matters, host Jim Dudley chats with Police1 columnist Kathleen Dias, who writes features and news analysis on topics of concern to law enforcement professionals serving in rural and remote locations. She uses her background in writing, teaching and marketing to advocate for professional levels of training and equipment for rural officers, open channels of communication for isolated departments, and dispel myths about rural policing.

    • 30 min
    Book and release: 12 reads for a cop‘s next book club

    Book and release: 12 reads for a cop‘s next book club

    We are all better off reading books, whether to expand our knowledge learn or just to relax. On this episode of Policing Matters, host Jim Dudley is joined by fellow podcaster, detective and Police1 columnist Christopher Littrell to share some book recommendations, both texts that will improve your performance as an LEO and recommended books to read for leisure. What books would you add to this list? Email editor@police1.com.


    Check out Police1.com for the full list of books mentioned in this episode.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
130 Ratings

130 Ratings

WisconsinJP ,

Great info and perfect timing.

The short format is perfect for my drive to and/or from work. Relevant information and objective perspective.

Escaped from DC ,

Excellent Police One content

Good stuff folks however we need to see more content on our national use of force failures. More on the need for grappling, frequent proficiency based training and pressure on state training commissions to reform their outdated policies failing us every night.

Daniel C. in NM ,

Union rep?

Great podcast.

Was this guest a union rep for just Lieutenants? Or for officers as well?

Not one criticism of how the city or department is run.

This was like an interview from a Department PIO - not a Union VP. Either she’s trying to get promoted or the liberal hellhole of SF has these officers brainwashed.

Officers. Please be safe in SF.

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