Two careers collide for Podcast Sheriff
Law enforcement has been in the blood of Scott Rose’s family for many years.
His grandfather was a special deputy in North Dakota in the 1930s. His father, Bob, was a deputy for more than 30 years in Dodge County. In his late 20s, Rose became a deputy sheriff in Dodge County and worked his way up the ranks before being elected sheriff in 2014. Rose’s son is now a trooper in Colorado.
Broadcasting has also been in Sheriff Rose’s DNA. He actually became a radio broadcaster, working in Nebraska, Kansas and Minnesota, before switching over to law enforcement nearly 30 years ago.
Rose’s two career paths have come to an interesting crossroads. Last November, he began producing and hosting audio podcasts for the Officer Down Memorial Podcast. Until then, nobody had been doing anything like it.
He works out of a studio in his home outside of Kasson.
In his demanding career as sheriff (his office handled the Lois Riess murder investigation for more than two years), one would think Rose would want to go home and have nothing to do with police work. But that’s far from the truth.
He goes to his upstairs studio and puts together podcasts on officers who have died in the line of duty. Rose said he works on the podcasts every night and on weekends for about 40 hours each week.
He logs as many as 90 hours working on a single podcast.
“This is my hobby. I’m not a big TV guy,” said Rose. “This is my way to forget about work. It’s therapeutic for me. It’s kind of my little man cave.”
Digging into the past of officers who were gunned down or violently killed in other ways can be draining. Rose often interviews current or retired officers about their partners who were killed.
“Many officers I’ve talked to have fallen apart talking about it because it’s still fresh for them,” Rose said. “There are lots of tears on the phone.”
Even for Rose himself, there are times where he has to simply walk away and take a break. “I get emotional doing these,” he said, adding some of the podcasts are “pretty graphic” in nature.
Rose loves to learn about the fallen officers, enjoys talking to the retired officers, and likes digging to get information to put the story together.
But the most rewarding aspect, Rose said, is getting the family’s response when the podcast is completed. Family members of the fallen officer profiled reach out to him and some have even shared that there are bits of information they never knew before.
Sadly, Rose isn’t going to run out of work any time soon. We are losing more heroes than ever before in our communities. In 2020, America lost 343 officers compared to 149 the prior year, according to Officer Down Memorial website. In the first 45 days of 2021, we have already lost 44 officers.
Even though the Omaha Police Department has requested that Rose profile its 26 fallen heroes, Rose is primarily focused on Minnesota’s officers killed in the line of duty, which currently stands at about 300. Rose hopes to do podcasts on every fallen police hero in Minnesota.
“It gives the community a better idea of what law enforcement goes through,” Rose said, adding a police death affects the entire community.
Rose hopes the podcasts will help people appreciate the risks officers face every time they go to work. And, he stresses, it’s the entire family that makes a commitment, not just the officer.
The sheriff’s podcasts can be found at officerdownmemorialpodcast.com.
As Rose goes in hot pursuit of sharing officer down stories, he hopes no one will ever forget the heroes who die protecting our communities.