Monday, November 15, 2010

Meet Earl Brown

Outreach Officer, Department of Public Safety

Expect to see Earl Brown around campus. Brown was recently named community outreach officer for the Department of Public Safety, a position designed to work with the college community on crime prevention programming. Like all public safety personnel at the college, Brown will serve all three campuses—Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire colleges—within the public safety collaborative.

He recently responded to questions for the Gate.

Gate: Where are you from? How long have you been a Public Safety Officer and what attracted you to the position?

Earl Brown: I live in Springfield and I have been employed with the Department of Public Safety for a little over two years. What brought me to the department is the opportunity to give something back to the community and, most importantly, to young adults. I always felt that police officers played an important role in a community, and it is important to work together with the community that we protect. This is what attracted me to working for the department. The opportunity to reach out to the students and increase their awareness, listen to their concerns and work with them toward a solution.

Gate: What is your role as outreach officer?

EB: My role is to bridge the gap in communication between the student body and the Public Safety department—to increase student awareness regarding safety and to work with students in keeping their college community a safe learning environment. I will be a positive resource to whom they may come with any issues or concerns.

Gate: What do you plan to do first as the outreach officer?

EB: The first thing I plan to do is have a “meet and greet” on the Smith campus. I would like the opportunity to meet the campus community and for them to meet me as well. I will work to put programs into place where officers will have even more of a chance for relationship building with the student body.

Please contact Brown if there are activities, meetings or events you would like him to join. The best way to reach him is by e-mail,

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