About The Briefing Room
Every day, police officers start their shifts with briefing. This is the time when they can speak openly and candidly about the issues affecting them and their communities. Normally, briefing is off limits to civilians but your hosts, Detective Dan and Detectie Dave from Small Town Dicks, are inviting you in to discuss the latest crime trends, law enforcement training techniques, and, well, anything else that’s on their minds. You’ll hear from special guests as well regulars like Yeardley Smith and forensic expert Paul Holes. Together, Dan and Dave have decades in law enforcement and will draw on their considerable experience to guide these fascinating conversations.
Meet The Team
Yeardley Smith is an Emmy Award® winning actress, producer, novelist and playwright who has appeared on television, film and Broadway. She has been the voice of Lisa Simpson on Fox’s hit television show The Simpsons since 1987. She has also appeared in numerous films including All Square (in post production), New Year’s Eve, Miles, Offer and Compromise, As Good As It Gets, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, City Slickers, and The Legend of Billie Jean. Favorite television appearances include The Mindy Project, The Big Bang Theory, Mom, Fresh Off the Boat, Hot In Cleveland, Mad Men, the sitcom classic Murphy Brown, 5 years as Greg’s crabby secretary ‘Marlene’ on Dharma and Greg, and 3 years as ‘Louise Fitzer’ one of the Fox network’s earliest sitcoms, Herman’s Head. She wrote and performed her one-woman show, “MORE” off-Broadway in 2004, and in Los Angeles in 2005. She published her first novel, I Lorelei, through HarperCollins Children’s Books in 2009. She owned her own women’s luxury shoe line called Marchez Vous for 5 years beginning in 2010. And in 2015, she co-founded the development company, Paperclip Ltd., with Ben Cornwell, for the purpose of developing stories at their earliest stages across all mediums.
Dan was formerly a K9 handler and Violent Crimes detective at the same Small Town police department as his brother. Dan regards his years as a K9 handler to be the most rewarding of his career. He is now retired.
Dave began his career in law enforcement in 2007. Before his recent promotion to Sergeant, he spent six years as a detective primarily investigating Sex Crimes and Child Abuse for his police department in Small Town, USA. He still serves as a Crisis and Hostage Negotiator, and during his tenure as a detective he served on the advisory boards of multiple children’s and victims’ advocacy groups. Despite Dave’s well-deserved promotion, the Small Town Dicks Team will continue to call him “Detective Dave” on the podcast because … well… we like to give him a hard time. And because “Detective Dave” is basically his stage name now so we’re sticking with it.
Paul Holes is a New York Times bestselling author, podcaster, television host and retired Cold Case Investigator with the Sheriff and District Attorney’s Offices in Contra Costa County, located in the Bay Area of California. During his 27 year tenure as an investigator, Holes developed and applied investigative, behavioral, and forensic expertise in notable cases such as Zodiac, the Golden State Killer, and Jaycee Dugard. In May 2022, Holes released his debut book, Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases (Celadon Books) — which became an instant New York Times bestseller. In this memoir, he gives readers a deeply personal look into his life and career for the first time.
Paul is frequently sought out by investigators to consult on the most complex and high-profile cases. As an FBI Task Force Officer employed with the DA’s office, Paul teamed with FBI and Sacramento DA personnel to apply innovative technology that identified Joseph DeAngelo as the Golden State Killer, the most prolific serial predator in U.S. history.
Since the arrest of DeAngelo, Paul has become a go-to true crime expert in the media. In 2019, he teamed up with Oxygen to host The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes and later this year he is launching a new original series with HLN called, Real Life Nightmare with Paul Holes. When he isn’t working, Paul enjoys mountain biking and off-road Jeeping.
Ben Cornwell – Executive Producer
Yeardley Smith – Executive Producer
Gary Scott – Producer
Nick Smith – Associate Producer
Erin Gaynor – Associate Producer
Zibby Allen (Seasons 1-3) – Producer
Monika Scott – Social Media Manager
Logan Heftel —Senior Editor Extraordinaire
Soren Begin — Editor Extraordinaire
Special Thanks To
Six Point Harness Animation Studio
Vision Creative House