• Summary

  • Cops and Writers is an informative, and sometimes humorous podcast primarily for crime writers that are serious about creating accurate and believable police stories. Your host Sergeant Patrick O'Donnell worked the street as a cop and sergeant in one of the biggest police departments in America for over 25 years. Now retired, he is an author, consultant, public speaker, and podcaster here to help you write your best crime-related story.O'Donnell will conduct in-depth interviews with members of state, federal, and local law enforcement and civilian experts in police procedure getting the questions you want to be answered regarding the often misunderstood and misrepresented world of police procedure and police culture. O’Donnell will also be interviewing crime fiction writers and writers from all different genres that have police procedures in their stories on the show. They will be discussing what works for them in the ever-changing landscape of book sales and publishing.If you like candid stories told with cop humor and lots of technical details about the world the police live in, come ride along with O'Donnell and his guests as they give you an exclusive peek behind the yellow tape.
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  • 012 Chief Deputy Marshal Marc Cameron Takes Us On His Journey From Hunting Down Dangerous Fugitives, To Writing Tom Clancy / Jack Ryan And Other Best Selling Novels

    Apr 19 2021

    Our guest today is Retired Chief Deputy Marc Cameron of the U.S. Marshals.

    He holds a second-degree black belt in Jujitsu and is a certified scuba diver and man-tracking instructor.

    As well as serving over 30 years in law enforcement both as a city police officer and the bulk of his career with the U.S. Marshals, he is also a best-selling author of three series, most notable the Tom Clancy /Jack Ryan Campus Thriller series.

    Cameron takes us on his journey from being a small-town police officer to becoming a Chief Deputy for the U.S. Marshal Service. He also explains the role of the marshals in law enforcement and the different assignments he was involved in, including an explanation of the federal witness protection program.

    Marc Cameron also gives us a peek at his successful author career. Marc goes through a “typical” writing day for him and how he manages to stay on track writing in three different best-selling series.

    Check out Marc's award-winning, best-selling books here.
    Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.
    Please visit the Cops and Writers website.
    If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.
    Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook group

    Support the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)

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    1 hr and 26 mins
  • 011 Busting F.B.I. Myths And Misconceptions With Special Agent Jerri Williams

    Apr 12 2021

    Retired F.B.I  Special Agent Jerri Williams joins us for today's show!

    Jerri Williams served 26 years as a Special Agent with the FBI.
    Jerri takes us on her journey from being a juvenile probation agent to becoming a special agent in the FBI. Jerri also reveals the selection and testing process she went through to become a special agent in the FBI.

    Jerri gives us a behind-the-scenes peek into the F.B.I. and how they solve crimes.  Jerri also debunks common tropes associated with the F.B.I.

    During most of her Bureau career, she worked major economic fraud investigations and was amazed at the schemes and deceptions con-artist and corrupt corporate and public officials would devise to steal other people’s money.

    During her FBI career, Jerri investigated all types of crimes including bank robberies, and later she specialized in cases targeting major economic crime and corruption. Her investigation of a $350 million Ponzi scheme perpetrated against unsuspecting nonprofit organizations, high profiled philanthropists, and beneficiary donors resulted in a 12-year prison sentence and multiple forfeitures.

    Toward the end of her federal law enforcement career, Jerri was appointed as the spokesperson for the Philadelphia Division of the FBI, taking on the responsibility of educating and informing the media and public about the Bureau.

    Jerri also discusses her post-retirement move to becoming a successful indie author, podcaster, and Hollywood T.V. and film consultant.

    Check out her website, blog, podcast, and books here!!
    Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.
    Please visit the Cops and Writers website.
    If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.
    Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook group

    Support the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)

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    1 hr and 26 mins
  • 010 Cops And Writers Takes You Back Into The Courtroom With Criminal Defense Attorney Jennifer Severino

    Apr 5 2021

    You have the right to get your facts straight to know what happens after you have been arrested and need a lawyer.

    Our guest today, Jennifer Severino has spent ten years as a Criminal Defense Attorney and will give us her perspective of the criminal justice system. Jennifer shares stories from the courtroom and reveals what kind of relationships defense attorneys have with prosecutors, the answer may surprise you.

    Jennifer and I discuss different cases, most notably Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer and the defense that was given during the trial.

    She is also a successful author of 35 published books and a freelance editor at her company, Twitching Pen Editing where she provides services as a content and line editor, beta reader, book description writer, and legal fiction consultant. 

    Check out Jennifer at The Twitching Pen

    Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.
    Please visit the Cops and Writers website.
    If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.
    Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook group

    Support the show (https://patreon.com/copsandwriters)

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    1 hr and 22 mins

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