Police Chief wins Campus Safety Award

By Christopher Johnson |Staff Writer|

CSUSB’s Police Chief Jimmie Brown was selected by Campus Safety Magazine as the recipient of the 2010 Campus Safety Director of the Year Award.

“I’m still in shock. This is a great thing for (the) CSU system, CSUSB, and (the) police department, but it’s not about me,” said Brown. “It’s about the great men and women in our department.”

The nomination for this award came after CSUSB saw a 15 percent decrease in property crimes on campus over the past year, according to the CSUSB news website.

Brown has been an active police chief partnering with the San Bernardino Unified School District, San Bernardino County Public Defender’s investigation office and local community college police to create a unified task force and dispatch system with hopes of soon uniting the whole CSU system.

He also implemented a police explorer program which brings high school students aspiring to become police officers and responders to the campus to gain hands-on experience.

This program helps not only with recruitment for the school, but also getting the community more involved in bringing crime down and reporting suspicious activities.

With new programs and dispatch systems added, money is needed.

Brown and the CSUSB PD have received around $300,000 in grants from  public and private sectors such as Stater Bros., San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Wal-Mart, Target, the Associated Student Inc. Board of Directors as well as other businesses and people in the community, according to Campus Safety Magazine website.

CSUSB Lieutenant Walter Duncan describes Brown as the type of boss who is always positive, easy to approach, and will help an officer find any resources needed to get the job done.

“A great thing about Jimmie is everybody he meets is his friend. He always makes it a point to know your name and what you’re about,” said Duncan.

Administrator Patti Jo Foye described Brown as conscious, caring, honest and he having a great sense of humor.

“He has an open door policy,” said Foye. “He is very accessable and never to busy to take time out to talk with me, anyone in the department, or on campus for that matter.”

To add on to the great performance of  Brown and the men and women of his department, CSUSB has had no reports of violent crimes in the past five years, and is one of the safest universities in the state, according to CSUSB website.

The city of San Bernardino, however, is only safer than four percent of the cities in the U.S., and 90 percent of the communities in California have a lower crime rate.

According to neighborhoodscout.com, the cities annual crime surpasses 14,000 and just over 78 crimes committed per 1,000 residents, along with having one of the highest murder rates in the nation.





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