Paul Bloom is the Director at the Marion County Sheriff's Office. His duties include public information and community outreach. Prior to entering law enforcement, he worked as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Ocala Fire Department after serving several years in the U.S. Army as a combat medic. He also worked in the business world in the position of Business Manager for BMW of North America for several years before realizing his childhood dream and true love was in Law Enforcement. He worked on patrol as a Deputy Sheriff for several years and served as the agency's Crime Prevention Deputy certified through the Florida Attorney General's Office. He is also a firearms instructor for the Marion County Sheriff's Office as well as a defensive tactics instructor.