School Me 117 -- Richard Blom

Police officers have what I call a lose-lose job. No matter what they do, they can't seem to catch a break, in terms of how they are perceived by citizens. If something bad happens they are the first ones to get blamed. If they do something right, they get the "congratulations you're just doing your job." Recently the tensions have grown with all the coverage of the police shootings, which to me shows more of the flaws in reporting, rather than how officers do their job (but that's a whole other ball game). Richard Blom, former Police Chief of Doral in Miami-Dade County is trying to change those perceptions. Aside from being a police chief he's also handled security details for Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump (before he became president) as well as many others including Margret Thatcher! Mr. Blom wants to emphasize that police officers should provide public service and be "guardians" of a community and not be simply painted as"warriors." He's now developing a program with Florida International University to help change the perception of police officers from the inside. Listen as the master story teller himself explains more about this special program!

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Intro Song: "Summer Gypsy" by Nujabes
Outro Song: "Message in a Bottle" by The Police
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