President Obama Receives More Police Input

(Jacquelyn Martin | The Associated Press) President Barack Obama talks with Officer Allan Gerking of the Puyallup, Wash., Tribal Police Departmen, center, Sgt. Charli Goodman of the Salt Lake City Police Department and Cpl. Dorrell Savoy of the Charles County, Md., Sheriff’s Office, as he meets Tuesday with law enforcement officials from across the country in the Oval Office of the White House. In the foreground are Officer Erik Oliver of the Richmond, Calif., Police Department, left, and Officer Matthew Thomas of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
(Jacquelyn Martin | The Associated Press) President Barack Obama talks with Officer Allan Gerking of the Puyallup, Wash., Tribal Police Departmen, center, Sgt. Charli Goodman of the Salt Lake City Police Department and Cpl. Dorrell Savoy of the Charles County, Md., Sheriff’s Office, as he meets Tuesday with law enforcement officials from across the country in the Oval Office of the White House. In the foreground are Officer Erik Oliver of the Richmond, Calif., Police Department, left, and Officer Matthew Thomas of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Police Officers Talk to President Obama About Trust:

Officers’ input comes week before a report recommending ways to build trust between police and the public.

“Charli Goodman had goosebumps almost the entire hour she spent talking to President Barack Obama. Goodman, a Salt Lake City police sergeant, was one of six officers from around the country who met with the president and Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday afternoon to discuss building public trust. Officers from Maryland, Indiana, Washington, California and New Jersey were also there.

“’When I first got to the Oval Office, the president opened the door, kind of with gusto, and we didn’t expect it to be him to open the door. And there he was, and I thought it was a Madame Tussauds wax figure,’ Goodman joked. ‘That’s the first thing I thought. Or a hologram. It’s just really unbelievable.’”

[Click HERE to read the full article by Michael McFall of The Salt Lake Tribune, Feb. 28, 2015.]

https://improvingpolice.wordpress.com/2015/02/28/we-move-forward-each-day/

Hats off to President Obama for his face-to-face meetings with police officers throughout the nation.

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