Sheboygan Police to Launch Podcasts to Inform the Public
This could be interesting to watch and see how it works out. I’m a fan of podcasts. They’re mobile, work great as a substitute to modern radio when I’m on long drives, and another means of communicating a message.
Wouldn’t be shocked to see other cities and other police departments copy this idea in the years ahead — if they aren’t doing it already.
For every Sheboygan resident who has wondered how the winter parking rules apply to his neighborhood or how to file a complaint, the Sheboygan Police Department has something new to offer: podcasts.
The brainchild of Officer Matt Friedl, “SPD Roll Call” will be 10- to-20-minute long audio discussions of topics that affect the people of Sheboygan, including issues like scams hitting the area, and neighborhood policing.
Podcasts are audio recordings available online to be listened to or downloaded to an MP3 player.
Unveiled during a press conference Tuesday afternoon, the podcasts — discussions among two or three officers — will be posted on the Sheboygan Police Department website, www.sheboyganpolice.com, and on YouTube.
Eventually there will be an RSS feed as well, Friedl said. [This means it will be iTunes-compatible in the months ahead, if you know how to set it up.]
Friedl said he that although video productions might be slicker, podcasts are an easy way for people to get information while they’re doing something else.
“I think podcasts are still relevant,” he said. “I listen to podcasts when I’m driving around patrol. I would love for everyone to come in my neighborhood that I’m assigned to and meet me in person, but I understand the difficulty in doing that. This is a little more information I can get out and if helps two or three, I’m happy with that.”
During his statement Tuesday, Chief Christopher Domagalski said the department is always looking for new ways to communicate with people, and Friedl’s idea hasn’t been tried before.
“We’re still working to find ways to improve methods to share information,” Domagalski said.
Newer podcasts will roll out every third Monday of the month in the future. So far, the department has released two podcasts; one explaining the project, the other on neighborhood policing.
The project is being overseen by Sgt. Kurt Zempel, who once upon a time, ran for state Assembly.