News Messenger, January 6, 1984

Police on Patrol

Brown's Work Vital

Chief of Police William H. Brown in 1975 when he was appointed lieutenant, Blacksburg Sun, Dec. 17, 1975

Lieutenant William H. Brown began his police career in September 1970 as a uniform police officer with the Blacksburg Police Department. During this time he was the first black officer to be employed in the New River Valley.

In September 1973, Officer Brown was promoted to the rank of corporal and assumed the duties of a shift supervisor for the department. In July 1974 Corporal Brown was promoted to the rank of sergeant with duties similar to that of corporal. In December 1975, he was promoted again to the rank of lieutenant and commander of the uniform division which is the position he currently holds.

Lieutenant Brown's division is the largest within the department, consisting of 31 employees. During the time Brown has been in the department, he has seen the department more than double in size. Some of the changes he has noticed in law enforcement are salaries which lag behind that of a private sector which leads to a high rate of turnover in the quality of personnel performing a police officer's job.

Brown is of a family of 14 and attended high school at Christiansburg Institute. He served two years in the United States Army spending one year in South Vietnam with a combat unit where he obtained the rank of sergeant.

Brown is a 1977 graduate of New River Community College in the police science program. He has also attended numerous specialized schools during his police career. He is a certified police instructor in self defense, driver training, mobs, crowds, and civil disorders, etc. This talent of being trained in many areas of law enforcement is used at the New River Valley Criminal Justice Training Center where he is often requested to instruct.

Brown is currently chairman of the Montgomery County Highway Safety Commission and has been a member of this commission since 1976. He is a past member of the curriculum committee for the police science program of the New River Community College.

He was the 1981 recipient of the meritorious service award given by the American Legion for his outstanding service as a law enforcement officer. He also serves as a judge for the 4-H state competition and has done so for the past 12 years.

Lieutenant Brown states that his ultimate goal is to provide the citizens of the community that he serves with the highest level of service that is not only welcome but also supported by the citizens of the town of Blacksburg.

He is married to the former Rebecca James of Radford and has four children. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, fishing, and spending time with his family.

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