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Welcome to the home of Small Town Dicks and The Briefing Room! || The Briefing Room season one is coming out now. Let identical twin detectives Dan and Dave take you behind closed doors as they explore the complex relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve. || Now in its eleventh season, Small Town Dicks goes behind the scenes with real detectives as they tell hosts Yeardley Smith, twin detectives Dan and Dave, and forensic expert Paul Holes about how they solved their most important cases. All seasons are available for streaming!

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Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels

2022-12-2355:306

Detective Dan takes us on an epic small-town manhunt as he tracks down a notorious car thief who makes the mistake of stealing the rims off a teenager's prized possession: his first car. This one has it all: burner phones, face tattoos, and a golden Honda Accord. This is the season finale!The detective: Detective Dan was formerly a K9 handler and Violent Crimes detective at the same Small Town police department as his brother, Dave. Dan regards his years as a K9 handler to be the most rewarding of his career. He is now retired. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Deep Cover

Deep Cover

2022-12-1601:14:017

Detective Matt returns to share his more than year-long undercover investigation into a fringe environmental group with dangerous designs on an upcoming political convention. This is the kind of story we never get to hear. Told by a detective who mastered the art of disappearing from his own life in order to thwart a violent plot.The detective: Detective Matt joined the police department in the town where this story takes place shortly after graduating college. He worked in patrol at first and then moved to the street crimes unit before he started as an undercover narcotics investigator. After he worked this case, he went to a DEA task force and worked to infiltrate a major political party conference. He received a medal of valor for his efforts. He had been a deputy in another state, but recently retired from law enforcement. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Crime scene investigations are rarely as dramatic - and definitive - as what you see on TV shows like CSI. That does not make them any less crucial to solving the case. Host Paul Holes takes us through a case he worked on in the late 1990s, where a claim of self-defense was ultimately turned on its head after a thorough and objective look at the nearly invisible trace evidence left behind after the body of a gay man was found dumped in a ditch.The detective: Paul Holes is a bestselling author, podcaster, television host and retired cold-case investigator with the sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices in California’s Contra Costa County. During his 27 years as an investigator, Holes used his behavioral and forensic expertise in such notable cases as the Zodiac murders, Golden State Killer, and Jaycee Dugard kidnapping. In May 2022, Holes published “Unmasked: My Life Solving America's Cold Cases” - which became an instant New York Times bestseller. Paul teamed with FBI and Sacramento DA to help identify Joseph DeAngelo as the Golden State Killer, the most prolific serial predator in U.S. history.  In 2019, he teamed up with Oxygen to host ”The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes” and in November he’s launching a new original series with HLN called, ”Real Life Nightmare with Paul Holes.”  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Moving Target

Moving Target

2022-12-0255:394

A gunshot rings out in the middle of the night in a small town in rural Australia. Detective Graeme is quickly on the case and soon learns not one but two additional drive-by shootings have occurred this early morning. Such things don't happen where he lives and all he has to go on is some grainy footage of a dark car out looking for targets.The detective: Detective Graeme. After witnessing a bank robbery, Graeme decided to join the Victoria Police where he graduated from the police academy in 1994. He worked the ‘beat’ across many suburbs of metropolitan Melbourne before being promoted to Detective in 2003. In 2006 he transferred to the prestigious Homicide Squad, honing his skills from the legends of Victoria Police Homicide. He has also led small teams in the pressured world of armed robbery investigations. Graeme is the recipient of the National Emergency Medal (Black Saturday Bushfires 2009), National Medal (25 years service), National Police Service Medal and Victoria Police Ethical Service Medal. After an esteemed career as a Detective Sergeant with Victoria Police, Graeme went on to establish Peregrine Consultancy and Investigations in 2021. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Living the Dream

Living the Dream

2022-11-2525:593

So glad to have you with us on this day after Thanksgiving (aka Black Friday). Here's something special from the Dream Team to our Small Town Family: Detectives Dan and Dave, Investigator Paul, and Citizen Yeardley talk about traffic stops, driving while hearing impaired, and their dream jobs. Enjoy!  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
One Dark Night Pt. 2

One Dark Night Pt. 2

2022-11-1948:153

In the conclusion of One Dark Night, Detective Justin has identified his suspect in the senseless murder of Larry, who provided security for a community garden in Justin's small town. As Justin closes in on the suspect, the stakes couldn’t be higher when the suspect makes clear he will not be going quietly.The detective: Detective Justin is approaching his 15th year in Law Enforcement. Currently a Major Crimes Detective, Justin has also worked patrol, been a K9 Handler, and is a Team Leader on SWAT. He previously served as a Field Training Officer, was on Bike Patrol, and has been a Firearms Instructor since 2014. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
One Dark Night Pt. 1

One Dark Night Pt. 1

2022-11-1846:287

In Pt. 1, Detective Justin gets an early morning call to respond to a community garden where a man's body is found slumped over at the base of a tree. The first assumption is this is a tragic, but all too common suicide. But the evidence starts to tell a different story, and soon Justin finds himself hot on the trail of a murderer. Pt. 2 drops tomorrow!The detective: Detective Justin is approaching his 15th year in Law Enforcement. Currently a Major Crimes Detective, Justin has also worked patrol, been a K9 Handler, and is a Team Leader on SWAT. He previously served as a Field Training Officer, was on Bike Patrol, and has been a Firearms Instructor since 2014. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Red Flag

Red Flag

2022-11-1154:595

A man calls 911 to say his toddler is in distress: he's not breathing. As paramedics rush to the scene, so does Detective Terry. He knows for this kind of incident, it is all hands on deck. As he begins to investigate what happened, a series of red flags go up and Det. Terry confronts every parent’s worst nightmare.The detective: As of 2022, Det. Terry will have over 24 years of experience in law enforcement. He spent the majority of his career in a small, rural coastal town. Over the course of his career Det. Terry has been a patrol sergeant, had special assignments as a School Resource Officer (SRO), a Field Training Officer (FTO), and a narcotics detective. He also spent a year consulting as an advisor to the Iraqi police, working in the Western Al Anbar Province. Det. Terry has been at his current agency for the past six years. For the last five, he has been assigned to the Major Crimes Team investigating suspicious deaths, child abuse, and sexual assaults. Det. Terry enjoys the outdoors and spending summer days on a boat at the lake surrounded by family. He and his wife are expecting a son in the winter of 2022. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Split Second

Split Second

2022-11-0458:376

In a split second, your entire life can change. Detective Aaron is a school resource officer. As he does his daily patrol, he stops a man who appears out of place near the local high school. Indeed, this routine stop turns dangerous as the man, who is found to have warrants and is carrying weapons, runs directly onto school property. A confrontation outside classrooms forces Aaron in a split-second decision.The detective: Detective Aaron started in law enforcement 24 years ago. His current duties include property crimes investigations, firearms instructor, and member of the SWAP team. He spent 15 years on patrol and eight years as a school resource officer before moving over to detectives. He’s also worked as a Field Training Officer and a member of the bicycle-mounted crowd control team. Before joining the police force, Aaron served in the US Army Airborne division from 1994 to 1998. He lists “spending as much time as I can with my kids” and hiking as his hobbies. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Most Dangerous Time

The Most Dangerous Time

2022-10-2847:146

Police discover the body of a woman near the bottom of a flight of the stairs that lead to her bedroom. She’s been shot in the head and the main suspect is the man she just broke up with. Her young children are also in the house, hiding in a closet. Detectives Chad and Greg hunt the suspect down and find a pattern of dangerous domestic abuse that had never been reported to police.The detectives: Detective Chad went to school with Detectives Dan and Dave. In high school, Chad started as an Explorer/Cadet with his local police department. He was hired by the Sheriff’s office after college, and has been in law enforcement for 24 years. He’s worked in corrections and patrol and has been a detective for 9 years.Detective Greg has worked at his current agency for 24 years. During that time, he spent 3 years working in corrections, 13 years in patrol, 3 years in narcotics, and 5 years investigating violent crime. He has also been active on SWAT for 16 years. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Covet

Covet

2022-10-2101:02:477

A young mother gets a strange visit from a neighbor. He tells her his security cameras have captured her daughter doing inappropriate things. Shocked and suspicious, the mother calls the police. Detective Dave arrives and begins to investigate. He discovers the neighbor’s story does not hold up, and the truth is alarming.The detective: Detective Dave recently retired from law enforcement in January 2022.  He began his career in 2007 and served as a patrol officer until 2012.  Dave spent the next six years as a detective where he primarily investigated sexual assaults and child abuse.  Dave was promoted to Sergeant in 2018 and was reassigned to patrol, where he served for the remainder of his career.  During his time in law enforcement he held special assignments to the Crisis and Hostage Negotiation Team, Child Fatality Review, the county's deadly force investigation team, and served on the advisory boards of multiple children's and victim's advocacy groups.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Bloodline

Bloodline

2022-10-1455:008

A bloody murder scene along a California highway leads Investigator Paul Holes on a generational journey, as he discovers a killer’s past could shine a light on a long-dormant cold case. Along the way, Paul finds that the impulse for violent crime sometimes runs in the family.The detective: Paul Holes is a bestselling author, podcaster, television host and retired cold-case investigator with the sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices in California’s Contra Costa County. During his 27 years as an investigator, Holes used his behavioral and forensic expertise in such notable cases as the Zodiac murders, Golden State Killer, and Jaycee Dugard kidnapping. In May 2022, Holes published “Unmasked: My Life Solving America's Cold Cases” - which became an instant New York Times bestseller. Paul teamed with FBI and Sacramento DA to help identify Joseph DeAngelo as the Golden State Killer, the most prolific serial predator in U.S. history. In 2019, he teamed up with Oxygen to host ”The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes” and in November he’s launching a new original series with HLN called, ”Real Life Nightmare with Paul Holes.”  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Parkland Pt. 2

Parkland Pt. 2

2022-10-0749:033

This is the second part of Officer George’s response to the tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. This episode covers one of the most horrific school shootings in American history. It would come to be known simply as “Parkland.”The detective: Officer George has lived in South Florida his entire life. He’s a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he played baseball. He moved on to the minor leagues and met Detective Dan, also a professional minor league player. After baseball, he decided in his mid-30s to become a police officer. He worked 5 years as a patrol officer in one jurisdiction and joined the SWAT team there, and then moved to Coral Springs, where he worked an additional 5 years. George retired from law enforcement in 2020. He’s married with two children. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Parkland Pt. 1

Parkland Pt. 1

2022-09-3049:264

On February 14, 2018, Officer George was working patrol with his local PD. He'd met some fellow officers for lunch. Nothing out of the ordinary. Then he heard the radio traffic: shots fired at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He immediately headed to the campus. This is Officer George's story of responding to one of the most horrific school shootings in American history. One that would come to be known simply as “Parkland.”The detective: Officer George has lived in South Florida his entire life. He’s a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he played baseball. He moved on to the minor leagues and met Detective Dan, also a professional minor league player. After baseball, he decided in his mid-30s to become a police officer. He worked 5 years as a patrol officer in one jurisdiction and joined the SWAT team there, and then moved to Coral Springs, where he worked an additional 5 years. George retired from law enforcement in 2020. He’s married with two children. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Gone Fishin'

Gone Fishin'

2022-06-1701:01:4316

A young couple go missing after heading out to a local camping spot. A search party discovers their bodies - both have been shot to death. Investigators from this rural town turn over every stone in search of the killer but come up empty. Over 40 years pass before a DNA test points to a suspect. Detectives scramble to arrest him and get justice for the victims.The detectives: Detective Chad went to school with Detectives Dan and Dave. In high school, Chad started as an Explorer/Cadet with his local police department. He was hired by the Sheriff’s office after college, and has been in law enforcement for 24 years. He’s worked in corrections and patrol and has been a detective for 9 years. Detective Greg has worked at his current agency for 24 years. During that time, he spent 3 years working in corrections, 13 years in patrol, 3 years in narcotics, and 5 years investigating violent crime. He has also been active on SWAT for 16 years. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Out of Reach

Out of Reach

2022-06-1035:105

A brutal murder. A primary suspect. But small mistakes made by fellow officers in the early hours of the investigation hinder Detective Lins’ pursuit of the man he believes is responsible for bludgeoning a woman to death in her driveway. But the investigation continues until Lins receives word that his prime suspect is dead. Or is he? Even in retirement, Detective Lins says he’s not ready to give up the ghost.The detective: Retired Detective Lins began his 31-year-career in law enforcement when he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Military Police Corps in 1967 after he graduated from UC Davis. He served two years at the United States European Command in Stuttgart Germany, where he was promoted to first lieutenant, and commander of the military police station. Later, as a captain, he commanded the first post stockade annex at the now defunct Fort Ord in CA. His most memorable investigation in Europe was solving the case of the bananas missing from a 4-star general’s kitchen. Det. Lins went on to spend two decades as a deputy sheriff with the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department, first as a patrol deputy and then as a detective working major crimes for 14 years. His final 7 years in law enforcement were as a District Attorney Investigator for the Monterey County DA, where where his assignments included major crimes and child sexual assault. During his law enforcement career he investigated over 40 death cases, with the majority being homicides.\ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Very Worst

The Very Worst

2022-06-0301:12:0910

The stories about Sam are almost unbelievable. He’s wealthy, successful, and a family man. But look closer and you’ll discover a deeply disturbed predator with a dangerous habit of victimizing kids. When Detective Robert and his team take over the case, they find themselves  crossing state lines and international borders in the pursuit of evidence which ultimately confirms Sam is exactly what they thought he was: the very worst. WARNING: This episode deals with the sexual abuse of children.The detective: Detective Robert has been in law enforcement for over 20 years. Prior to becoming a detective, he spent nine years on patrol, where he served as a Field Training Officer (FTO) and an FBI-trained hostage negotiator. As a detective, he worked in a unit that investigated crimes against children, including sex crimes, serious physical abuse and child homicides. He was later re-assigned to the violent crimes unit, where he investigated homicides, robberies and other serious felonies. He was an active member of his county’s major crimes team, which investigated homicides and officer-involved shootings. After 10 years in investigations, Robert has been promoted to sergeant, where he currently supervises a graveyard patrol shift. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Disturbing the Peace

Disturbing the Peace

2022-05-2752:346

An attentive security guard confronts a rowdy group outside a bar. One of the group pulls out a gun and shoots the security guard, killing him. As investigators try to sort out what happened, they discover the security guard was wearing a body camera that recorded the whole event. Detective Chris leads a manhunt to apprehend the suspect.The detective: Detective Chris has been in law enforcement for 10 years. Over the course of his career he has been on patrol and served on his agency’s SWAT team. As a detective Chris has been assigned to property crimes, as well as violent crimes detective, which include crimes against children. Chris grew up playing sports and currently enjoys playing golf, poorly. He also enjoys spending time with his wife. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Deception

Deception

2022-05-2040:234

Detective Dan gets called to an apartment complex to investigate a hit and run. But he quickly discovers there’s much more to the case than just property damage, when a young girl in the house discloses that she was touched inappropriately during an alcohol-fueled party that night. Detective Dan's brother, Detective Dave, is called in to investigate the crime.The detectives: Detective Dave recently retired from law enforcement in January 2022. He began his career in 2007 and served as a patrol officer until 2012. Dave spent the next six years as a detective where he primarily investigated sexual assaults and child abuse. Dave was promoted to Sergeant in 2018 and was reassigned to patrol, where he served for the remainder of his career. During his time in law enforcement he held special assignments to the Crisis and Hostage Negotiation Team, Child Fatality Review, the county's deadly force investigation team, and served on the advisory boards of multiple children's and victim's advocacy groups. Detective Dan was formerly a K9 handler and Violent Crimes detective at the same Small Town police department as his brother. Dan regards his years as a K9 handler to be the most rewarding of his career. He is now retired. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Politically Incorrect

Politically Incorrect

2022-05-1301:06:1711

An undercover drug investigation leads to a web of political corruption that has ties to an international crime syndicate. As the case unfolds, our two detectives, Matt, who’s working undercover, and Blake, his handler, begin to wonder if the corruption reaches into their own department, too.The detectives: Detective Matt grew up in Pennsylvania. He joined the police department in the town where this story takes place shortly after graduating college. He worked in patrol at first and then moved to the street crimes unit before he started as an undercover narcotics investigator. After he worked this case, he went to a DEA task force and worked to infiltrate a major political party conference. He received a medal of valor for his efforts. He is now a deputy in another state.Detective Blake started working as a police officer in 1987 after serving four years in the Marine Corps. He worked in one department for 26 years and then moved to the area where this story took place. There he started out as a patrol officer and then took a role in vice and narcotics. He finished his career as a lieutenant while in the same area. He was married for 35 years and has two grown children. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Chris Wallage

just started listening and am totally tired of the intro with "Paul" who joins the Podcast.... without an introduction. I understand he joins later on and he's a big name in Podcasts, but it's a horrible intro... great show...

Jan 27th
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Melissa Jones Bowman

The officers are badasses in a great way! I was a corrections officer, and my husband is a retired warden. They were doing their jobs just like we were all trained to do it, even in those extreme circumstances. Great job!

Dec 28th
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Angel

I've been a Grinch this Xmas. Husband has been stuck in another state due to weather and hasn't been able to make it home for Xmas. He's still delayed at the airport so thanx so much for this episode! luv u guys! Merry Xmas 🖤

Dec 26th
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Curtis Massey

God bless the brave men and women that do this kind of crazy work to protect the rest of us. By the nature of the work they don't/can't get the recognition they deserve. They do it because it's important. Heroes.

Dec 19th
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MunkyGirl

So many questions 😂😂 Like you wouldn't notice that your whole living room had been deep cleaned when you came back from your holidays 😂 x

Dec 11th
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Curtis Massey

Man I just love all these folks.

Nov 26th
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Geoff

Register your disability with the police, so if an officer checks that database they might show you consideration? And that includes registering yourself as 'a schizophrenic'? Really? The problem that all the 'good guy' LEOs need to face is that they tolerate so many 'bad guys' amongst them, via their unions and cop-friendly regulations and laws. Like letting 'bad apples' roll around in the barrel and get rehired in law-enforcement posts elsewhere. FWIW, to pick out one thing, why isn't it standard for police to ask for a car's internal lights to be turned on if doing so reduces the fear of death that's always offered as the reason for gunning-down unarmed people? That shouldn't be a tip for citizens to glean from your show. How about 'What to do if the police stop you' information leaflets being issued along with every driver/vehicle registration event?

Nov 25th
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Buck Fruckster

I swear Yeardley likes to hear the sound of her voice sometimes, repeating and stating the total obvious.

Nov 23rd
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Geoff

How about if the USA's prison system didn't encourage people to die rather than be imprisoned? So that that motive for 'suicide by cop' was diminished, and so incidents of cops undergoing the trauma of killing could be reduced? Join up the dots in your thinking? The cost to 'blue lives' of having LEOs be the public-service of first resort could be allievated by people having other services to call that can help.

Nov 19th
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Geoff

As SRO Aaron this LEO had 'cause' to visit a child-complainant of sexual assault in their school because he was doing a truancy check, and otherwise they'd automatically be expelled? Can you not hear how weird and wrapped the 'feel good' parts of this podcsst sometimes become? FWIW there could be professorial Social Workers , Psychologists and Psychiatric specialists that would help people without being LEOs, uniformed and armed, and forever alert to Probable Cause for detention of suspects... even if/when they try to be another kind of professorial.

Nov 16th
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MA RS

Constructive criticism (Dan or Dave - not sure which voice I heard) but suggest being a little briefer and concise. Whoever was talking during the guest’s pause talked way too much and for too long (around time stamp 14:30)

Nov 10th
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Julie Gatesman

#hotforholes that's why there's fire everywhere Paul stays lol

Oct 17th
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Jocelyn Allan

I would characterize psychopathy as "running in families" in this instance. Not the criminality.

Oct 15th
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Jocelyn Allan

Obviously the road being opened swiftly, did not affect the investigation of this crime.

Oct 15th
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Geoff

A really grim issue is people monetizing anxiety they instill, say by selling products that could compensate for small-town folks not being so streetwise as city people... because a mugging can happen anywhere. 'Situational Awareness' could mean cops treating suspects as human beings like them, imagining how they'd react to their behaviour if they weren't police officers themselves. Your core job is to arrest people safely and deliver them to court, and failure to be sufficiently aware of that situation is what gets people killed by cops. "911 there's this guy acting crazy! With a knife!" "Don't worry. Officers are en route to point their guns and shout at him to comply with their instructions, even if they're self-contradictorary."

Sep 30th
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Jocelyn Allan

Swindled did a fantastic episode Fifa.

Jul 15th
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Wanda Egan

what a piece of shit tim is!

Jul 1st
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alicia polite

This is heartbreaking. Thank you for sharing.

Jun 25th
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Buck Fruckster

I'm sorry but this was a pointless episode, stick to stories with a ending please.

Jun 20th
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Buck Fruckster

I'm sorry but this was a pointless episode, stick to stories with a ending please.

Jun 20th
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