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CSUSB Police Chief Named National Director of the Year

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Cal State San Bernardino University Police Chief Jimmie Brown is the top school and university police chief in the nation.

Brown was named the 2010 Campus Safety Director of the Year by Campus Safety Magazine, which recognizes public safety officers at schools, universities and hospitals who go above and beyond the call of duty, demonstrating outstanding leadership skills, ingenuity, selflessness and overall achievement.

“This is a tremendous honor to receive such a noteworthy nationwide recognition,” Brown said. “This recognition is great for the CSU system, Cal State San Bernardino and the CSUSB Police Department. I give credit to the hard working men and women in our department, campus President Albert Karnig and VP Robert Gardner, who trust and support me, and the campus community.”

Under Brown’s leadership, Cal State San Bernardino saw a 37 percent drop in campus crimes from 2009 to 2010. Property crimes decreased by 15 percent, and the number of motor vehicle thefts over that year was reduced from 23 to four. In addition, CSUSB has seen a 34 percent decrease in alcohol incidents, thefts and domestic violence in the residence halls, thanks to the addition of a police substation in the student housing area.

Under his direction, the University Police Department also implemented environmentally friendly practices, including the adoption of near-paperless computer-aided dispatch, records management and memo systems, as well as the addition of a T3 Motion three-wheeled motorized vehicle for patrolling campus.

The department was recognized earlier this month with an Award of Distinction from the California College and University Police Chiefs Association.

Much of the department’s recent success is the result of much-needed funding. The CSUSB University Police Department has been awarded nearly $300,000 in grants to help fund a mobile command vehicle, a dispatch upgrade, interoperable radios, a seatbelt campaign, a drunk driving prevention campaign and critical campus infrastructure improvements. Brown took over as university police chief in April 2008.

Previously, he was the interim police chief after the resignation of former chief Bob Miller, and has served on the CSUSB department since 1998 as a police officer, investigator, sergeant and lieutenant.

He has been involved in law enforcement for most of his life. As a teenager, he served as an explorer with the San Bernardino Police Department. He began his law enforcement career as a pol ice cadet wi th the Rialto Police Department, followed by service as a reserve officer with the Colton Police Department, a deputy with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and as an investigator with the state's Department of Alcohol Beverage Control.

Brown has a bachelor's degree in workforce development education from Southern Illinois University. He also has earned a number of certificates from the state's Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, which sets the selection and training standards for law enforcement in California. Brown has certificates in basic, intermediate, advanced, supervisory, management and executive training programs.

He also is a member of several law enforcement organizations, including the California College and University Police Chiefs Association, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, California Peace Officers for Christ, the California Narcotics Officers Association and the California Gang Officers Association.

Visit the Campus Safety Magazine website for more information on the award.

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