On this episode of Where Work Meets Life™ – Dr. Laura is honoured to host Detective Dave Sweet, a 24 year member of the Calgary Police Service and published author, to the podcast to talk about tragedy and hope. Detective Sweet has been changed by many difficult and tragic situations, but works to learn lessons and retain a positive outlook.



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Dr. Laura shares that she first met Dave Sweet during a tragedy that affected her own family, which was when she first read his book, Skeletons in My Closet: Life lessons from a homicide detective. Dave wrote the book with the idea of it being a memoir of sorts, a legacy of the lessons he learned that he could pass down to his children and grandchildren. Each story in the book, no matter how disturbing, has a message or silver lining. Detective Sweet discusses some of those lessons, the subject of his next book, and what courage means in this enlightening interview.

“Tragedy isn’t something that we wish for. But when it does come, there are often opportunities. It may be a challenge at first, but there are opportunities to find silver linings in that tragedy…” – Dave Sweet



With over 24 years of policing experience, Detective Dave Sweet has been involved in some of Canada’s most infamous and famous cases. Dave has worked as a patrol officer, an undercover police officer, and led several task forces targeting gangs and organized crime. In 2009 Dave joined the ranks of the homicide unit where he has spent the past 14 years specializing in the areas of homicide, missing person and suspicious death investigations. Several of Dave’s most known cases have been featured in documentaries and podcasts including the CBC’s The Detectives, Corus Entertainment’s Crime Beat and Investigative Discoveries Murder Board.

In 2018 Mischievous Books published Dave’s first book, Skeletons in My Closet – Life Lessons from a Homicide Detective which was written in collaboration with his talented co-author Sarah Graham. Dave is currently writing his second book with acclaimed author Susan Forest due to release in the Spring of 2023. In addition to a Distinguished Service Award in 2010, Dave earned the Chiefs Award for Investigative Excellence in 2017, the Governor Generals Exemplary Service Medal in 2021 and the Queens Platinum Jubilee Medal in 2022.

Dave lives by the mantra “love people” and believes his inner strength and mindfulness are rooted from that perspective.


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