The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) announced Tuesday that former Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officer Chad Brown will direct the FDLE’s Criminal Justice Professionalism division.
According to an FDLE press release, Brown started his 28-year law enforcement career with the GPD where he served in various roles, including investigations and patrol operations.
“I am proud to appoint Chad Brown as director of FDLE’s Criminal Justice Professionalism division,” said FDLE Commissioner Mark Glass in the press release. “Director Brown’s depth of experience in leadership and the law enforcement profession will ensure that the division will be proactive and continue to provide the highest level of up-to-date services and training that Florida’s criminal justice officers expect and deserve.”
In 2007, Brown started his FDLE career as a special agent in the Gainesville Field Office. He worked on investigations that involved economic, computer, public integrity, major drug and violent crime. Brown was promoted to inspector in the then FDLE Office of Inspections in January 2014 “where he conducted agency-wide reviews of investigation activity for compliance with FDLE policies and procedures,” according to the release.
In August 2014, Brown was promoted to special agent supervisor in the FDLE’s Office of Statewide Intelligence, where he served as the director of the Florida Fusion Center and managed the Intelligence Watch and Warning Desk. He then became the resident in charge of the Gainesville Field Office in June 2015 and in February 202 was promoted to assistant special agent in charge in the Office of Statewide Investigative Services, which oversees the daily operations of Florida’s Sexual Offender and Career Offender registries and the Missing Endangered Person Clearinghouse.
“I am honored to have been given the opportunity to lead this important FDLE mission, which has a direct impact on the success of Florida's current and future law enforcement professionals,” Brown said in the press release. Brown’s new position in the Criminal Justice Professionalism division will be to, “promote and facilitate the competency and professional conduct of criminal justice officers through a partnership with criminal justice agencies. The division provides entry-level and in-service officer training, criminal justice leadership development and executive training, and maintains disciplinary procedures,” according to the release.