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Brown Receives Police Officer of the Year Award

brown_dl.jpgBOONE – Johnny Brown, a sergeant in Appalachian State University’s Police Department, has received the Police Officer of the Year Award presented by the Boone Optimist Club. The award was presented during the club’s annual law enforcement breakfast held as part of Optimist Club’s Law Enforcement Appreciation Week.

Brown is a 1998 graduate of Watauga High School. He completed his Basic Law Enforcement Training at Mayland Community College in February 2002 and was certified as an Appalachian State University Police Officer in March 2002. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in January 2004.

” Over the past few years, Sgt. Brown has distinguished himself as a most valuable member of the ASU Police Department,” wrote Gunther Doerr, chief of University Police at Appalachian.

Brown is the field training officer for his squad, responsible for training new officers assigned on his shift. He was selected to be a member of the Boone/ASU Special Operations Response Team, and he is a certified bike officer, radar operator and Intoxilyzer® breath test operator.

Brown recently became certified as a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Instructor. RAD is a nationally recognized program that teaches women psychological as well as physical defense tactics.

Brown was a member of the Polar Plunge Committee. He has shared his bike officer skills and knowledge with school children in the community by volunteering for the past two years with the Watauga County Safe Kids Coalition. He is also involved in the local Fraternal Order of Police and is an active member of the Masons.