Subject matter expert on use of force encounters that create liabilities for both the police officers and the community.
Kareem worked as a police officer for several years. He saw a need for counseling within the agency and the multi-cultural communities he patrolled. He experienced the good, the bad and the ugly of police work. During his law enforcement career, Kareem was not only a patrol officer but also a Detective, a Special Response Team member, a School Resource Officer, Coach, Mentor, Volunteer and a surrogate father to many children in the community. Given his law enforcement background, Kareem is relatable and passionate about counseling police officers on issues that impact their ability to protect and serve. Some of those issues are signs of burnout, being fit for duty, subconscious biases, community trust, awareness of fear based thinking and substance abuse.
Kareem Puranda is an author known for his dynamic speaking. He captures and holds his audience's attention with an unorthodox approach. Kareem has a zeal for healing, educating and empowering people to stretch beyond their current limitations.
He received his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Livingstone College, a Masters degree in Public Administration from Devry University and his Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UNC - Charlotte.
Kareem is a native of Bronx, New York. Subsequently, his love for the Giants, Knicks, Yankees, and Rangers goes unsaid. When this former football standout is not spending time with his family, he enjoys coaching football, working out, spending time observing nature, reading, and volunteering.
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I really loved reading this and felt you challenging me in some areas of my life. When a reader feels compelled to do things differently and/or to take the advice of an author then that means that a book is really powerful. Great job!
This book gives raw insight into the mindset of a young man raised on the rough streets of the Bronx who overcame adversity, obtained a college education and joined the police force. Through thought-provoking and direct language, the author relates his journey through despairing times which led to federal indictments and an emotional verdict. If you are a law enforcement officer, or you have a loved one who is, read this book.