Brookville Chief of Police Brown: Job a Way of Life

5:16:16 bkvl chief police jason brownBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) — In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls is Police Week.

Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C., to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

For Brookville Borough Chief of Police Jason Brown, who has served for nearly 30 years in law enforcement, the job has become a way of life.

“I’ve buried friends killed in the line of duty; I’ve attended many more funerals of fellow officers, the sacrifices have been many, your health, your time, missed birthdays,” Brown said. “But, it has been a great career; I’ve met a lot of great people, and I’ve been involved in a lot of great things because of it.”

“I’ve also been involved in a lot of horrible things, but it’s part of the job, and if you do it long enough, it becomes a way of life. Not your whole life, but a major part of it.”

Brown served 25 years as an officer with the St. Clair Shores Police Department in Michigan, near Detroit. He retired as a Sergeant before taking over as Chief of Police in Brookville 2 1/2 years ago.

“I have a great bunch of guys here that take their jobs very seriously providing safety to this community. They do a good job, and they are a dedicated bunch,” Brown said.

The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation’s Capital each year.

The National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees. The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world.

This provides a unique opportunity to meet others who work in law enforcement. In that spirit, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 sponsors receptions each afternoon and evening during Police Week. These events are open to all law enforcement personnel and are an experience unlike any other.

For more information, go to www.policeweek.org or contact Concerns of Police Survivors at 573-346-4911.


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