Expect to see Earl Brown
around campus. Brown was recently named community outreach
officer for the Department of Public Safety, a position
designed to work with the college community on crime prevention
programming. Like all public safety personnel at the college,
Brown will serve all three campuses—Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire
colleges—within the public safety collaborative.
responded to questions for the Gate.
Gate: Where are you
from? How long have you been a Public Safety Officer and
what attracted you to the position?
Earl Brown: I live in
Springfield and I have been employed with the Department
of Public Safety for a little over two years. What brought
me to the department is the opportunity to give something
back to the community and, most importantly, to young adults.
I always felt that police officers played an important role
in a community, and it is important to work together with
the community that we protect. This is what attracted me
to working for the department. The opportunity to reach out
to the students and increase their awareness, listen to their
concerns and work with them toward a solution.
is your role as outreach officer?
EB: My role is to bridge
the gap in communication between the student body and the
Public Safety department—to increase student awareness regarding
safety and to work with students in keeping their college
community a safe learning environment. I will be a positive
resource to whom they may come with any issues or concerns.
Gate: What do you plan to do
first as the outreach officer?
EB: The first thing I plan
to do is have a “meet and greet” on
the Smith campus. I would like the opportunity to meet the
campus community and for them to meet me as well. I will
work to put programs into place where officers will have
even more of a chance for relationship building with the
Please contact Brown if there
are activities, meetings or events you would like him to
join. The best way to reach him is by e-mail, .