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10 must-listen-to Policing Matters podcasts of 2019

From the LEOSA Reform Act to police use of CBD oils, here are some of the most popular Policing Matters podcasts of the year


For more from our expert columnists on the year in policing, check out our full “2019 in Review” special coverage here.

By Police1 Staff

Every year brings a host of challenges to the law enforcement profession, and 2019 was no exception. From new legislation like California’s AB 392 to ongoing issues such as de-policing, law enforcement experts Doug Wyllie and Jim Dudley offered their expert analysis of the wide breadth of topics on cops’ minds this year via the Policing Matters podcast, which recently marked its fourth-year anniversary.

Listen to some of the most engaging episodes from 2019 below, and email us at if you have a topic you’d like to see addressed.

1. What the LEOSA Reform Act might mean for active and retired officers

LEOSA was one of the topics that received the most attention from our readers this year, in particular, a bill designed to fix many of the issues current and retired cops have encountered while carrying under the law. In this episode, Jim and Doug discuss H.R.1156, which hasn’t made much movement since it was introduced to Congress in February 2019.

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2. Baltimore: A microcosm of de-policing in America

Is the beleaguered city representative of how things are trending nationwide? Jim and Doug discuss how things went from bad to worse in Charm City and what it means for law enforcement as a whole.

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3. The importance of being a ‘predator’ in a deadly confrontation

There’s been a lot of focus on the “guardian” aspect of law enforcement in recent years, but the “warrior” component is just as important. Doug sat down with renowned police trainer Lee Shaykhet during this year’s ILEETA to discuss tactics for prevailing in a deadly confrontation.

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4. One officer’s story of the day he put a gun to his head

There was arguably no bigger law enforcement topic in 2019 than the LEO mental health crisis, with the tragic loss of a number of NYPD officers at the forefront of the conversation. In this episode, Police1 columnist Duane Wolfe discusses the darkest moment of his life, and how he survived it.

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5. Is there a leadership problem in law enforcement?

What makes a good law enforcement leader? Is the way brass operates heading in the wrong direction? Doug and Police1 Contributor Tim Barfield discussed the issue during ILEETA earlier this year.

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6. How a classic police training text was re-vamped and re-published

Every cop has read the classic law enforcement training manual “Street Survival.” This year, Police1 columnist Dan Marcou gave the text a welcome update. In this podcast, Marcou discusses the rationale behind the sequel and how the book can help police officers. For more on “Street Survival II,” check out Marcou’s special article series on the topic.

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7. The incredible shrinking squad car

Have you felt a little more claustrophobic in your patrol car lately? Been banging your elbows or knees? You’re not alone. Jim and Doug have some potential solutions, including increasing the use of SUVs for patrol.

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8. What does the Daniel Pantaleo firing mean for LE at large?

Five years after the death of Eric Garner, the NYPD fired Daniel Pantaleo. Jim and Doug discuss how the firing further fans the flames of de-policing in America.

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9. California’s AB 392 and police use-of-force policies

As California goes, so goes the nation? There wasn’t a single piece of legislation this year that got more attention from law enforcement officers around the county than AB 392, which some called a danger to cops across America while others called it little more than window dressing. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the law and its potential result on police use of force.

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10. Should cops be allowed to use CBD oils for pain relief?

CBD is everywhere. And while the jury’s still out on whether it’s a miracle cure for pain or simply snake oil, a more pressing issue is whether cops should be allowed to use it. Are you on Jim or Doug’s side?

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