When Frank Fowler was growing up in the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri, he had a "Michael Brown moment." But unlike that unarmed teen who was fatally shot there, Fowler emerged from his youth on the most unlikely career path: Law enforcement.
Policing is not all about the patrol. After years on the streets, and a serious accident, Officer Dennis Burlingame is happy to be Officer Friendly, serving as a major connection between the police force and the community, whether it is organizing a game of chess, or basketball.
Through education and simulation, police departments around the country are attempting to give citizens a small taste of what being a cop can be like. The January academy in Syracuse, over three days, drew a diverse and curious crowd.