Champion for women's safety: Chief Terri Brown rises to the top of her field | Oasis Trailblazer
Chief Terri Brown is on a mission to make her college campus safer. As the first woman to serve as Chief of Police for Florida State University Police Department, she has the knowledge, perspective, and position to make a difference.
With grim statistics across the nation for sexual assault on college campuses, and only about a third of the assaults reported to police, Chief Brown wants more than 40,000 students and faculty in her charge to feel that the police department is a safe, supportive place.
“Women have a voice to be heard,” said Brown. “I want to be a champion for that.”
体育在线365Brown is being recognized at the 2020 Trailblazers by The Oasis Center for Women & Girls at an awards luncheon on Friday, Feb. 28.
Brown also acknowledges that excelling in a male-dominated field was not easy. Early on, she was told there was no place for women in law enforcement. Luckily, she was not deterred and instead continuously outworked the naysayers.
Rising through the ranks after graduating top of her academy class in 1991, Brown built a reputation for honest and fair policing. She innovated the department’s training techniques, improving officer response and victim advocacy.
“Terri Brown has been blazing a trail of excellence since the day she entered the police academy, and we are so proud to have her serve as Florida State University’s chief of police,” said FSU President John Thrasher.
体育在线365The department now boasts two K-9 officers due to her efforts and the training program she developed is one of the most respected in the state. Training remains a priority for the top cop, who believes that skill development is how her officers and investigators will stay on the cutting edge of their field.
Still, she’d like to see more women among the ranks and in command staff positions. Diversifying the department is another of her goals. She notes that she is one of the few females in the room when she goes to conferences and meetings around the state, and that gender norms create added pressure for women considering the work.
“Public safety is 24-7,” said Brown. “It can be difficult for women to be married, raise kids, and juggle all of that. I want women to know that the FSU Police Department understands the challenges and would support them.”
体育在线365Brown describes herself as no-nonsense, yet respectful and kind. She strives to better herself and challenges her staff to excel, maintain their integrity, and connect with the people they serve.
“I’m happy with the direction we’re going,” said Brown. “I want people to thrive under me. I want to give them all the tools they need.”
The leader of Florida State University, now ranked among the Top 20 public schools in the nation, agrees.
体育在线365“Chief Brown is positive, professional, and collaborative, and she has a passion for community policing,” said President Thrasher. “She is an outstanding role model for other women in law enforcement and beyond.”
体育在线365Brown will be recognized for her many accomplishments, her drive and her spirit, as an honoree at the 2020 Trailblazer Luncheon, hosted by The Oasis Center for Women & Girls, and sponsored by Comcast NBC-Universal, Florida State University, and the Brennan-Hendon Family. Tickets for the Feb. 28 event are available at www.theoasiscenter.net.
体育在线365Whether through trauma-informed training, self-defense classes, or open-door policies and victim support strategies, Brown has empowered many women over the years and says she is not done yet.
体育在线365Her advice rings out like the words of a champion in any arena.
体育在线365“If you have a dream, follow it,” said Brown. “No matter what anyone tells you.”
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