~ Brown to take command of the FHP Training Academy ~
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Highway Patrol Director, Col. David Brierton, promoted Mark Brown to major and assigned him to lead the FHP Training Academy, effective March 16. The academy is responsible for recruiting as well as training new troopers and current members of the Florida Highway Patrol.
“The command team selected Major Brown from an impressive group of candidates who applied for the critical position within our agency,” Brierton said. “He is a forward thinking leader who is dedicated to accomplishing the mission of the Patrol.”
Brown grew up in Charlotte County, Fla., and attended Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda. He began his FHP career in 1999 as a member of the 97th recruit class. He has served in Charlotte County as a trooper, in Sarasota County as a traffic homicide investigator, in Manatee County as a district sergeant, in Leon County as a district lieutenant and in Gadsden County as a district captain. He has spent the past six months at FHP headquarters in Leon County as the Patrol’s Chief of Public Affairs.
Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in both business administration and criminology from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla. He is also an instructor and graduate of the Leadership in Police Organizations Program, which the U.S. Military Academy and the International Association of Chiefs of Police developed. Brown graduated from the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute’s Executive Future Studies Program in 2010.
“I am very excited for this opportunity to serve as the Training Academy Director,” Brown said. “I am looking forward to getting started in this new role.”
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