• Chris Plumridge

Client Success: Crime Stoppers Victoria "First Responders: Australian Stories"

Updated: Nov 17, 2021

For First Responders' Day, Crime Stoppers Victoria teamed up with the Motorola Solutions Foundation to help highlight incidences of violence against first responders. Jet Streamer was lucky enough to be the podcast producer tasked with making it happen.

Crime Stoppers Victoria is an organisation that many people would be aware of- or at least aware of their counterpart in another state. Their job is to prevent crime through community education, and help solve unsolved crimes by collecting information from the public confidentially. It's a great organisation and one I was very pleased to work for, so despite the fact I've since moved on, it was a great opportunity to be able to work for them again.

The brief:

This latest podcast project is designed to highlight a very important issue: crime and violence against first responders themselves. First responders have a tough job as it is, but it's made all the harder when crime against emergency services workers is on the rise. The podcast we came up with is designed to help people see through the eyes of first responders: to see what they come up against and understand how they work to serve the community. And through that, hopefully build a bit more empathy with these amazing people and ensure they get home safe.

How did we put it together?

CSV had already done most of the legwork by the time I came onboard in finding a great group of people across many different Victorian emergency services, and had already started recording interviews. We brainstormed a few themes ahead of time and decided on a format for how to present the episodes, and then it was time to get to production!


CSV provided me with the audio files with the interviews, and a few different points of interest that they thought might make for good grabs from each interview. After reviewing all the files for each episode, I came up with a script to fit the theme of that episode that incorporated grabs from each of the interviews.

Once that was approved our wonderful host Ella from CSV laid down some great voiceover takes that were sliced into the edited grabs from the interviews, and then music was added to the intro and outro. Files were provided then back to CSV who handled all the publication, as well as created an awesome campaign landing page featuring each episode.

The Finished Product

The full series comprises four episodes, incorporating interviews with eleven representatives from emergency services including Victoria Police, Fire Rescue Victoria, Ambulance Victoria, SES, ESTA and others. It launched on Thank a First Responder Day, the 9th of June 2020. You can hear it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and almost everywhere you get your podcasts.

The Client

Crime Stoppers Victoria CEO Stella Smith had this to say:

"Chris clearly understood our objectives to engage audiences with Crime Stoppers and to give front line emergency personnel a voice in community to talk about their everyday challenges. Chris was quickly able to identify the core components of interviews and produced content aligned to the brief. He did a fantastic job weaving 12 interviews into 4 concise podcasts that received great feedback from first responders and the broader public."

Find out more and listen to the podcast at the Crime Stoppers Victoria website.