Police Tape: New podcast sees detectives lift lid on Australia’s most compelling crimes


True Crime Australia will this week launch an exciting new 10-part podcast series to take subscribers for the first time behind the Police Tape for some of Australia’s most compelling crimes.

The series hears straight from the investigating police officers, now off the force and on the record, as they talk about the cases that made their careers, have largely remained untold or simply made them cry.

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The face and narrator of the series, radio personality, actor and presenter Merrick Watts, said he jumped at the chance to meet, hear and tell the former officers’ stories.

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media_cameraMerrick Watts interviews former Detective Inspector Mark ‘Scarface’ Smith for the first of the Police Tape series launching later this week. Picture: Darren Leigh Roberts

“Naturally people will be curious why a comedian would want to host a podcast interviewing police about some of the most serious crimes our country has witnessed,” he said.

“Like so many other people, I find these stories and people fascinating. The unexpected details, the sense of ‘being there’ and the knowledge of what law enforcement does to protect the public intrigues me as much as anyone else. Hosting these conversations was an amazing experience.”

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media_cameraMerrick Watts and Crime Editor Mark Morri deliver an extraordinary insight into some of Australia’s most fascinating cases. Picture: Sam Ruttyn

Police Tape will reveal the stories they could not tell before as serving officers, from the execution contracts put out on their heads and the threats to their families, to the bullets they have had to literally dodge and the gangs that continue to pursue them today.

The identities of the officers will not be household names but are known as legends within the ranks of the NSW Police for their tireless, often dangerous but uncompromising behind-the-scenes work to tackle notorious cases and criminals. They also speak freely about continued criminal threats not just in NSW but across the borders to other states.

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Police Tape is News Corp Australia’s first co-production enterprise with Nova Entertainment and follows the hugely successful Teacher’s Pet series.

The series, produced also by The Daily Telegraph’s Crime Editor Mark Morri and True Crime Australia’s editors Charles Miranda and Fay Gould, was recorded and filmed inside Australia’s oldest police, courthouse and jail facility at The Rocks in Sydney where the nation’s earliest criminal dark days were played out.

Originally published as Detectives lift lid on nation’s most gripping cases in new podcast





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