Rick Brown

Rick Brown
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Rick Brown's Biography

Type Of Business:
Law enforcement consultancy
Marketing Area:
Transparent law enforcement internal affairs; Police accountability processes; Monitoring; Diversity initiatives; Community engagement and training; Specialized accountability
Major Product/SVS:
Law enforcement consulting services - Transparency Matters®, LLC specializes in the following areas: Understanding internal affairs processes; Technology for internal affairs case tracking; Obstacles to complete and thorough investigations; Timeliness and fairness of findings; Closing cases/notifying officers and complainants; Relationship with criminal investigations, Miranda and Garrity (Administrative) issues; Policies, procedures, training requirements; Handling high profile incidents; Early warning systems - proactive prevention; Collective bargaining agreements (Act 111) and arbitration award issues; Civil litigation strategies
Fishing; Exercising; Participating in outdoor activities; Football; Indy car racing
Education Degrees:
MBA, Eastern University (2009); Bachelor's Degree in Professional Studies and Criminal Justice, Elizabethtown College (2007); Graduate, 211th Session, FBI National Academy (2002)
Affiliations Awards:
Governor's Executive Diversity Council, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association; National Internal Affairs Investigators Association; FBI National Academy Associates, Inc.; NOBLE; Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business; IACP
Place of Birth:
Work History:
Veteran, U.S. Navy; Pennsylvania State Police; Self-Employed
Career Achievements:
Collaborator, Governor’s Advisory Commissions on Latino, African-American and Asian Cultural Diversity and Sensitivity Training (2010); Pennsylvania State Troopers Association (2008); Contract Negotiation Team (2004); Recognition for Work with the Contract Negotiation Team, Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell (2004); Selected to Work with the Office of the Independent Monitor, City of Detroit Police Department, U.S. Department of Justice (2003); Settlement Agreement Negotiator, Delphine Allen, et al., v. City of Oakland, et al., the Office of Independent Monitor, Oakland Police Department; Overseer, Pennsylvania State Police; Department Liaison between the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General, Office of the Governor, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner, and Kroll, The Risk Consulting Company; Independent Research, Police-Citizen Contact Project, Pennsylvania State Police
Throughout the duration of your career, what was the one highlight that stood out the most?:
The highlight of his career was receiving appointment by the Pennsylvania governor and state police commissioner as the first deputy commissioner of professional responsibility with the rank of lieutenant colonel in the department's 105-year history.
Local Charitable Organizations
Number Of Years In Profession:
Number Of Years In Current Position:
What Does He/She Attribute Success To:
He attributes his success to his strong work ethic, moral values, faith, and strong belief in doing the right thing, as well as the influence of his parents.
Why did you become involved in your profession or industry?:
He became involved in his profession because of his experience in the military. He wanted to continue to serve and protect by attaining a career in law enforcement.
Extended Bio Profile:
On May 21, 2010, Lt. Col. John R. “Rick” Brown was honorably discharged after completing more than 29 years of service with the Pennsylvania State Police. He then launched his own business, Transparency Matters, LLC, located in Harrisburg, Pa. Transparency Matters is focused on building public trust through developing transparent policing policies and processes that reduce organizational risk, and engender trust within and outside of an organization. Transparency Matters is committed to continued public service by promoting police accountability, diversity, community education, training and monitoring. On May 23, 2010, Brown began working with the Office of the Independent Monitor of the Oakland Police Department on the Negotiated Settlement Agreement in the case of Delphine Allen, et al., v. City of Oakland, et al., in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California under the direction of judge Thelton E. Henderson. On October 20, 2010, Brown began working with the Office of the Independent Monitor of the City of Detroit Police Department on the July 18, 2003, consent decree brought by the United States Department of Justice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Southern District under the direction of judge Julian Abele Cook. Brown is an executive reviewer with the evaluation and demonstration programs of the National Institute of Justice, in collaboration with Educational Services, Inc., of Bethesda, Md. Brown has collaborated with the Office for Victims of Crime, within the United States Department of Justice, on its witness intimidation and diversity working groups. Brown served on IACP advisory committees that aimed to link local law enforcement internal affairs practices, facilitate community trust building, employ returning combat veterans as police officers, and increase police response for people with mental illness. Brown served on the Pennsylvania Governor’s Executive Diversity Council regarding commonwealth diversity recruiting initiatives with the Office of Diversity Management. Brown has been a guest speaker with IACP; the Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs; American University, located in Washington, D.C.; California University of Pennsylvania; Elizabethtown College, located in Pennsylvania; and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Facilitating guidance on police complaints, internal affairs, discipline and use of force; Training; Monitoring law enforcement policy and process reform, and police recruitment strategies to attract and retain a diverse workforce
Medal of Commendation, Pennsylvania State Police; Certificate of Recognition, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Citations, Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives; Certificate of Recognition, Office of Inspector General; Certificate of Appreciation, IACP
Where Will You Be In 5 Years:
In five years, Mr. Brown intends to make a difference by bringing the police and the communities they serve closer together through transparent law enforcement accountability processes and diversity initiatives. He also wants to help the less fortunate by giving back and conducting business with high ethical standards that are purpose driven, rather than profit driven.
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