Street Cop Podcast

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 Jan 30, 2021


The Street Cop Podcast with Dennis Benigno, the founder, and CEO of Street Cop Training.

Episode Date
Right to Search a Motor Vehicle After DWI
Dennis briefly explains the case law to search a Motor Vehicle after stopping them for a DWI in this throwback episode. Recorded on 02/23/2017.
Jul 22, 2021
Parked Occupied Cars and Detention of Them
Dennis explains under what circumstances you can stop to question and search parked cars with occupants in them in this throwback episode. Recorded on 02/17/2017.
Jul 22, 2021
Building RAS to Call for Dog or Ask for Consent
Dennis explains where you would build Reasonable Articulable Suspicion in Motor Vehicle Stops in a classic throwback episode. Recorded on 02/13/2017.
Jul 22, 2021
Tips on Identification II
Dennis continues with more tips and examples on identifying people that may have warrants on them. Recorded on 03/10/2017.
Jul 21, 2021
Show It to Me on Paper
Sometimes you might disagree with a fellow cop or supervisor on particular procedures regarding laws. Dennis explains that you can look through case law for interpretations and you should demand the same before following said advice from your peers. Recorded on 02/16/2017.
Jul 21, 2021
Tips on Identification
Dennis gives a few tips with some examples on how to ID people that are not answering straight. Recorded on 03/09/2017.
Jul 21, 2021
How Case Law is Born
Dennis explains where case law comes from and what precedents get set. Recorded on Feb 8, 2017.
Jul 20, 2021
Dark Web and Cyber Crime Investigations feat. Keven Hendricks
Dennis and Keven discuss the importance of Dark Web awareness and how it can help crackdown on crime. Recorded on 07/16/2021.
Jul 19, 2021
Burnout feat. Jenna Romano
Dennis and Jenna Romano discuss stress and burnout among Law Enforcement Officers, what exacerbates it, and how to manage it. Recorded on 07/15/2021.
Jul 16, 2021
Social Media and Online Tactics feat. Nick Jerman
Dennis and Nick Jerman discuss why it is important to investigate social media and the importance and protection of your own internet identity. Recorded on 07/14/2021.
Jul 15, 2021
Miranda on Your Motor Vehicle Stops
Dennis explains when Miranda kicks in during a Motor Vehicle Stop. Recorded on 02/03/2017.
Jul 14, 2021
Resiliency feat. Nick Wilson
Dennis and Nick discuss how suffering in silence afflicts many Law Enforcement Officers and how to address this to keep going in a healthier way for the mind. Recorded on 07/12/2021.
Jul 13, 2021
Regarding Informants feat. Shane Morgan
Dennis and Shane discuss the practice of cultivating informants and why they are so important in covering the blind spots of law enforcement. Audio rough due to inclement weather. Recorded on 07/06/2021.
Jul 12, 2021
Relationships feat. Jenna Romano
Dennis and Jenna take a deep dive into emotions and trauma, and how they factor into relationships with partners and families of Law Enforcement officers. Recorded on 07/01/2021.
Jul 09, 2021
Arresting for Motor Vehicle Violations II
Dennis continues this subject in this throwback from Episode 56, delving into what obstruction or hindering is and some anecdotes. Recorded on 01/30/2017.
Jul 08, 2021
Seizing Cash feat. Wayne Comegno
Dennis and Wayne discuss a step and surrounding rules that trips up a lot of cops in cases of interdiction: seizing cash. Recorded on 06/30/2021.
Jul 07, 2021
Arresting for Motor Vehicle Violations
Dennis explains some scenarios where it is okay to arrest for motor vehicle violations. Recorded on 01/29/2017.
Jul 06, 2021
Good Demeanor with Brad Gilmore
Throwing a classic that still relevant as ever, Brad Gilmore talks about how a good demeanor during a traffic stop can change everything. Recorded on 06/06/2019.
Jul 01, 2021
Training, Tactics, Safety feat Jeff Smith and Kenny Williams
In this episode, Dennis and guests Jeff and Kenny talk about the need for more training as well as some tactics to increase safety and decrease confrontation. Recorded on 06/16/2021.
Jun 30, 2021
Don't Get Intimidated
Dennis talks about tactics suspects may use to undermine interdiction, and how it is important to keep nerves as long as you are doing the right things. Recorded on 02/23/2021.
Jun 29, 2021
Perspective of What's Important
Dennis breaks down the eagerness to work, imploring new cops to really think about how the public perceives the police based on their interactions that create lasting sentiments. Make sure the memories of the police are positive. Recorded on 03/08/2021.
Jun 28, 2021
Contribute Beyond Traffic Tickets
Dennis implores officers to stop writing petty tickets and go beyond to do good police work to have a celebrated career. Recorded on 06/23/2021.
Jun 25, 2021
Verify Legal Advice With Cited Cases
Dennis explains that when someone is citing legal advice that seems strange and contrary to the truth, ask them to cite the cases they are using as a legal reference. Recorded on 06/23/2021.
Jun 24, 2021
Mental Health in Law Enforcement feat. Jenna Romano
Dennis and guest psychotherapist Jenna Romano talk about the very serious issue regarding mental health in law enforcement. Recorded on 06/16/2021.
Jun 23, 2021
You Don't Need To Act Like Everyone Else
Dennis explains that a natural tendency for humans is to try and fit in with the pack. Dennis implores us to recognize that behavior. Recorded on 03/13/2021.
Jun 22, 2021
Vehicle Search Incident to Arrest II feat. Zach Miller
Dennis and Zach revisit vehicle search incident to arrest citing case laws and examples. Recorded on 06/10/2021.
Jun 16, 2021
Advice For Finding A New Place To Work
Dennis talks about the considerations of making a move to find a more suitable place to work, how the grass isn't always greener, and how it okay to move again in case the first move was not satisfactory.
Jun 15, 2021
Changing Administrative Perspective
Tom Rizzo adds his take on the matter of the previous episode of changing administrative perspectives on Pro-Active Police work. Recorded on 06/07/2021.
Jun 11, 2021
Changing Your Police Agency Culture
Dennis answers a question on how to introduce Pro-Active Police work to agencies that previously did not perform to this standard. Recorded on 06/07/2021.
Jun 11, 2021
Job Well Done
Tom Rizzo delivers a small pep talk and praises the cops out there striving to do the right thing in the face of adversity. Recorded on 06/01/2021.
Jun 11, 2021
Pay It Forward
Tom Rizzo explains that the best way to help yourself is by helping others. Dig deep to offer value to others. Recorded on 03/19/2021.
Jun 09, 2021
Evaluating Every Vehicle
Out driving in the rain, Dennis explains what to look for when evaluating a suspicious vehicle before pulling them over. Recorded on 03/28/2021.
Jun 08, 2021
Stupidity Of Things I Used To Think Were Important As A Cop
Dennis recalls where his focus was as a young and undertrained officer, shedding a candid light on how lost a cop can feel on what to do and look out for. Recorded on 06/01/2021.
Jun 07, 2021
With the controversies surrounding police and the courts amidst tensions, Tom shares his perspectives on how to make sure things can begin to get better, starting with each individual mindset. Recorded on 04/21/2021.
Jun 02, 2021
The Trooper Two-Step Debate II feat. Zach Miller
In this episode, Dennis and Zach continue to discuss the Trooper Two-Step debate and further investigate anecdotes and case laws. Recorded on 05/07/2021.
May 26, 2021
The Trooper Two-Step Debate feat. Zach Miller
Dennis and Zach discuss the hot topic of Trooper Two-Step, controversies surrounding it, and relevant case laws.
May 14, 2021
K9, Warrants, and Probable Cause feat. Zach Miller
Dennis and Zach answer a few questions from the community with case law examples and anecdotes, going further into topics covered in the weeks prior.
Apr 16, 2021
Qualified Immunity feat. Zach Miller
With the changes happening in law, Dennis and Zach discuss Qualified Immunity and recall relevant incidents.
Apr 08, 2021
The Class That Led To Stopping Child Trafficking feat. Aaron Moss
Aaron Moss shares a heartfelt anecdote of a traffic stop conducted after taking Kenny's Street Academy course. Recorded on 03-17-2021.
Mar 26, 2021
Vehicle Search Incident to Arrest feat. Zach Miller
Dennis and Zach discuss procedures leading up to a vehicle search and arrest, as well as relevant case laws and notes. Recorded 03/12/2021.
Mar 24, 2021
Searching Vehicle Occupants feat. Zach Miller
Picking up where they last left off with Vehicle Exceptions, Dennis and Zach discuss the matter of passengers during a traffic stop. Recorded 03-05-2021.
Mar 12, 2021
Stay On Top Of Your Health feat. Tom Rizzo and Tom Walsh
Introducing our newest member of the Street Cop Training family, Tom Walsh! He gives us a rundown of the topics he will cover in his upcoming course while Dennis and Tom Rizzo share their thoughts on the topic of health and wellness. Be vigilant with your health!
Mar 08, 2021
Automobile Exception feat. Zach Miller
Dennis and newcomer to the Street Cop Family Zach Miller discuss a common question about the automobile exception for a warrant for search and seizure when there is a reasonable cause for suspicion.
Mar 03, 2021
Regarding Handcuffs and Miranda
Dennis stresses the importance of reading Miranda Rights and knowing relevant case laws to keep cases from being thrown out on technicalities.
Feb 26, 2021
Regarding Doors in Vehicle Stops
Jeff Smith outlines some precautions around the arcs of doors during vehicle stops and how things can go wrong if the suspect panics.
Feb 26, 2021
Q&A Feat. The Red Ninja (Kenny Williams)
Dennis and special guest Kenny Williams (a.k.a. The Red Ninja) tackle questions from the community. Originally aired on 10/04/2021.
Feb 19, 2021
Plate Check, Warrant Check, Criminal History Lookup
Dennis answers a call about when it is appropriate to do a partial vs. full plate check while not engaged in a traffic stop and describes when it is appropriate to do a warrant check and criminal history lookup while engaged in a traffic stop.
Feb 12, 2021
Narcotic Dog Hit Means Search Entire Vehicle
In this heated episode, Dennis explains a simple rule that seems to be warped into a myth and is constantly perpetuated into bad advice among active police officers.
Feb 12, 2021
The Pandering Pandemic
Tom Rizzo explains how pandering to an antagonist that is looking to cancel you is an exercise in futility, and how to better direct your energy toward your staff instead of falling victim to appeasement.
Feb 11, 2021
Attaboy Trap
Tom Rizzo explains the pitfalls of doing things for recognition and the trappings of not giving others the recognition they deserve for fear of one's own status.
Feb 05, 2021
Prioritize What's Important
In an excerpt from an earlier video, Dennis talks about his experience as a rookie and how he reevaluated priorities on police work.
Feb 05, 2021
Vehicle Selection
Dennis answers a question on vehicle selection and provides some insights on how to develop a strategy for bigger and better results over time.
Feb 05, 2021
The Squad Room ft. Dennis Benigno - What I've Learned
We have a special guest episode of The Squad Room featuring our very own Dennis Benigno of Street Cop Training. Dennis joins The Squad Room to talk about his career and how he navigated through a start in corrections, to federal law enforcement, and eventually, back home working in the New Jersey town he grew up in. A big thank you to the guys at The Squad Room for the feature! Check out for more of their episodes and other resources.
Jan 29, 2021
Legalities of Terry Frisking, Terry v Ohio
Dennis explains the legalities of Terry Frisking, how it can change from state to state, and how to use the Terry v Ohio case as a guideline.
Jan 26, 2021
About Lawful Consent
Dennis explains that not everyone needs to perform the trooper 2-step to gain lawful consent, depending on the state. He also discusses how to look for case laws and previous court cases pertaining to lawful consent procedures.
Jan 26, 2021
Where to Begin for New and Existing Supervisors
Dennis explains that to succeed as a good Supervisor, you have to remember that you are working for your staff, not the other way around.
Jan 25, 2021
Have Humility
Tom Rizzo explains the trappings of fearing inferiority and the benefits of having humility for the organization and yourself.
Jan 22, 2021
Ivory Tower State of Mind
Tom Rizzo explains the impact of having administrative support and how being supportive of staff will net big returns all around.
Jan 22, 2021
It's About Saving Lives feat. Robert Ferreiro
Dennis and his guest Robert Ferreiro discuss the motivation behind the actions of law enforcement.
Jan 22, 2021
Hooked for Life
If you are new to the Police game, you might feel that this lifestyle was not what you had signed up for at first. Dennis explains the dopamine hit from your first successful bust, and how each successive bust adds to the rush.
Jan 15, 2021
Different Colored Headlights
What are you spending your time on out in the field? Dennis recalls an experience and talks less about headlights and more about how to be effective in the field.
Jan 15, 2021
Helping Other Cops
What it means to be in the Brotherhood of Police Officers.
Jan 15, 2021
Real Talk About The Real Problems In Law Enforcement
Dennis sits down with a new acquaintance, Jake Bigelow to discuss the real problems in law enforcement right now.
Dec 31, 2020
Make A Decision and Stick To It
Taken from a live video, Dennis Benigno discusses making a decision and sticking to it.
Dec 28, 2020
The Real Minority Report
Dennis sits down with the Real Minority Report to discuss his career & Street Cop Training
Dec 15, 2020
Dennis Sits Down with SGT. Kenny Williams aka The Red Ninja
Dennis sits down with one of our own and top three instructors at Street Cop, SGT. Kenny Williams. Kenny is a well known interdiction police officer throughout the country, also known as The Red Ninja. Dennis and Kenny discuss the beginning of his career, training, and interdiction. Sergeant Williams began his career in 2007, and currently works as a full time K9 interdiction officer. Williams has been personally responsible for the seizure of over 4 million dollars cash, several hundred pounds of illicit narcotics, and well over a ton of Marijuana. Williams has received countless awards for his work from numerous organizations and has established a national reputation. Williams is a fully certified EPIC and DIAP instructor.
Dec 10, 2020
Answering Group Members Questions
Uncle Den Answers Group Members Questions From Our Private LEO only Facebook Group.
Dec 08, 2020
Dennis Sits Down With Instructor & LE Talent Brad Gilmore
Dennis sits down with Brad Gilmore, an instructor with SCT and talent in law enforcement. Brad discusses his origin story, some of the struggles he had in the beginning of his career and what he does now!
Nov 24, 2020
K9 SGT Scott Kivett drops by Street Cop
K9 SGT Scott Kivett drops by Street Cop Training
Nov 19, 2020
Interview with Oklahoma Highway Patrol
Dennis sits down with Oklahoma Highway Patrol to discuss Street Cop Training, Case law, and more.
Nov 17, 2020
ILOD Survivor Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett
Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett, who was wounded in an ambush shooting back in 2016 joins Dennis on the Street Cop Podcast to discuss the life changing incident, his career and what life looks like now.
Nov 13, 2020
The Top Ten Most Important US Supreme Court Cases for Cops to Know
Dennis sits down today to discuss the Top Ten Most Important US Supreme Court Cases that cops need to know. Case law is fundamental for all cops. This is one of the core beliefs of Street Cop Training.
Nov 12, 2020
Answering questions on police leadership and correct approaches
Dennis sits down with Captain Tom Rizzo to answer questions on police leadership and correct approaches. Thomas Rizzo began his law enforcement career in December of 2001, as a Patrolman with the Middlesex Borough Police Department (NJ). In 2004, Rizzo was hired by the Howell Township Police Department (NJ), where he is currently serving as the Investigations Division Commander at the rank of Captain. Rizzo formulated Howell Township Police Department’s first Criminal Suppression Unit, where he has participated in a variety of search warrant executions, intra/inter-agency collaborations, and take-downs of distributors. Rizzo takes great pride in the constant pursuit of leading by example, while consistently being a student of human behavior.  Rizzo has quickly become one of Street Cop Training’s most sought after instructors.
Oct 30, 2020