The February 14, 2013, episode of American Heroes Radio features a conversation with Robert Michaels is the “CEO/Founder of Serve & Protect, an organization dedicated to the spiritual and emotional needs of police officers and firefighters.”
Program Date: February 14, 2013
Program Time: 1500 hours, PACIFIC
Topic: To Serve and Protect
About the Guest
Robert Michaels is the “CEO/Founder of Serve & Protect, an organization dedicated to the spiritual and emotional needs of police officers and firefighters, based in Brentwood TN. In launching Serve & Protect, Michaels returns to his roots. He served in law enforcement first with the 229th Military Police Battalion of the Virginia Army National Guard, as well as with Norfolk (VA) Police Department, both on patrol and in the detective bureau.
By design, Serve & Protect is unique in the outworking of their mission – serving the spiritual and emotional needs of who Michaels calls “Homeland Heroes.” The Serve & Protect distinction is seen in their combined services and partnerships into an alliance forged to bring together the best partners with services, and leaders in specific areas pertinent to those who serve & protect our communities across the nation. “We are called to collectively be change agents,” Michaels reflects. “Working together to serve our Homeland Heroes to save lives, serve families, and offer hope and relief in the chaotic world we serve where trauma, stress, and PTSD is a harsh reality.” The primary Serve & Protect distinctive is their Crisis Line, forged through their first partnership joining forces with Safe Call Now crisis line. Michaels comments, “Our partnering of a crisis line and our chaplain services is an effective pairing, providing two levels of care for those in need, and if treatment is needed, the ability to facilitate such help and also provide backend follow-up.”
About the Watering Hole
The Watering Hole is police slang for a location cops go off-duty to blow off steam and talk about work and life. Sometimes funny; sometimes serious; but, always interesting.
About the Host
Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years. He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant. He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton; and, has completed his doctoral course work. Raymond E. Foster has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Fresno; and is currently a Criminal Justice Department chair, faculty advisor and lecturer with the Union Institute and University. He has experience teaching upper division courses in law enforcement, public policy, law enforcement technology and leadership. Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One. He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in law enforcement.
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Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA