By Ashley A. Jones
Cal State University, San Bernardino officially appointed and welcomed Chief Jimmie Brown to the position of University Police Chief on Friday, April 18, 2008 at the Santos Manuel Student Union.
Chief Brown has served on the campus for ten years holding various positions such as a Police Officer, Investigator, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Interim University Police Chief. He began his career in law enforcement at the age of 14 as a Police Explorer for the San Bernardino Police Department. He later became a Police Cadet for the Rialto Police Department.
Following his position at the RPD, he served as a Reserve Police Officer with the Colton Police Department, Deputy Sheriff with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, and Investigator with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Chief Brown graduated from Southern Illinois University and earned a BA degree in Workforce Development Education.
He is currently a member of the California College and University Police Chiefs Association, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, California Peace Officers for Christ, California Narcotics Officers Association, and California Gang Officers Association.
The Swearing-in Ceremony included participation from Dr. Albert Karnig, CSUSB President, David DeMauro, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Dennis Sprouse from the City of San Bernardino Police Department, Chief Bob Miller from the Colton Police Department, and Chief Nate Johnson from Sonoma State University.
"Today is just beautiful to have so many people here. Actually, it's much more than an announcement, it's a celebration. Jimmie has been with us for about ten years, and he has been a citizen of this area forever, a very dedicated individual, just the right person with the right touch that we need as University Police Chief," said DeMauro.
"I consider Jimmie a personal friend, so its nice to go to an event where a friend is being honored, it's a well deserved honor. Not only do I consider him a friend, but I consider him a fellow police professional, and he is a credit to our profession of law enforcement," said Dennis Sprouse.
"Jimmie is one of the most honest people I've ever worked with in my career, and this began in 1987 back in the City of Colton. He was a calming influence, great smile, people just liked him right away. I'm really proud of Jimmie," said Chief Miller.
Chief Brown said, "I feel very good, I feel great about today's celebration. My family, friends, my supporters are present and it's just amazing, I can't really describe how I feel right now. If it wasn't for the Lord, Jesus Christ, I wouldn't be here."
"I have something to say to the campus community, you have a Police Chief who is professional, you have a Police Chief who will listen, you have a Police Chief that believes in doing the right thing, you have a Police Chief that will be there for you night and day, you have a Police Chief who is caring and understanding, you have a Police Chief that can get resources, you have a Police Chief that loves this campus, and you have a Police Chief that loves each and everyone of you," said Chief Brown.
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