Topeka names new chief of police

Police Chief James Brown (File Photo)

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Topeka City Manager Jim Colson announced Friday that James Brown will serve as the new Chief of Police for Topeka.  Brown brings more than two decades of law enforcement expertise and experience to the City of Topeka.  He will start on October 1st.

“I am proud that the City of Topeka was able to recruit a police chief the caliber of James Brown,” Colson said.  “Throughout the selection process, Mr. Brown has demonstrated a substantial skill set and commitment to community policing.  I am confident that he will serve Topeka well and allow us to build on the foundation that currently exist within the Topeka Police Department.  I look forward to him serving as a senior member of this administration.”

“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the citizens and officers of Topeka, Kansas,” Brown said.  “I am very excited to get started and look forward to working with Tony Kirk and the rest of the command team.  My wife Cheryl and I look forward to our move to the Capital City.”

Brown comes to Topeka from the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department, where he served as Lieutenant Colonel, and Assistant Chief of Police, directing the department’s services bureau.  The services bureau is responsible for some of most diverse and challenging aspects of law enforcement today, including narcotic enforcement, tactical response, Federal task force operations, records, and traffic enforcement.

Since joining the KCPD in 1991, Brown has directed numerous community policing initiatives.  He has served as a community policing officer, a patrol sergeant, a member of the SWAT team, a bomb squad commander, a professional standards unit commander and media relations officer, and commander of the technical services division.

Brown currently serves as Command Chief Master Sergeant in the Kansas Air National Guard.  He earned his bachelor of science in criminal justice, and his master of public affairs from Park University.  He graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in 2010.

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