New captain at Precinct 12
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:15

Capt. Jan Brown takes over as North Point Precinct commander after 24 years with the county police department. photo by Ben Boehl

Brown took over as area’s top cop in June

by Ben Boehl

Meet North Point Police Precinct 12’s new commander: Capt. Jan Brown, who has served with the Baltimore County Police Department for the last 24 years. Brown has served in Woodlawn, Essex, Towson and White Marsh, but this is his first stint in North Point.
    “I know the North Point and Dundalk area well. I like the east side of Baltimore County.         “The police are active,” Brown said. “There are terrific police down here. I can identify with them.”
    Maybe Brown can identify with the east side because he grew up and lived in eastern Baltimore County. The 45-year-old is a graduate of Eastern Vo-Tech [now Eastern Technical High School] and lived briefly in Dundalk. His brother, father and father-in-law all worked at the steel mill in Sparrows Point. Today, he lives in Forest Hill with his wife and three young children.
    Brown told The Eagle that he has tried to get out to as many community meetings as possible, and is impressed with how the community respects the police department.
    “The community is great. They have a good relationship with the police and they speak highly of the police,” Brown said, noting that he is not used to such praise. “I used to work the midnight shift, so I saw people at their worst.”
    Since he took over in June, Brown has focused on goals such as reducing the amount of burglaries in the area.
    Since schools started back in session, police have seen an increase in theft both motor bikes.  In addition to major crime, Brown wants to reduce nuisance criminal activity such as graffiti and run-down properties.
    “So far the officers and detectives are focusing on crime and they are doing a good job,” Brown said “But we want to continue to work on the quality of life and stop signs of decay.”
    One concern that all Baltimore County parents have is school safety, after the recent shooting at Perry Hall High School and a subsequent incident at Stemmers Run Middle School in Essex. Brown said that he talks to local principals and that the police are in contact with the school system. He also credits his School Resource Officers (SROs) for contacting the precinct and letting them know if extra police presence is needed as school is letting out and if there is a possibility of some type of altercation.
    “It’s an ongoing process, and we are doing all we can. Our SROs know the students and they know when something is not right,” Brown added.
    Brown says he has a very goodworking relationship with Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson, as he served in Essex when Johnson was the precinct commander there.
    Brown almost didn’t make it to North Point; he was scheduled to become the commander at Pikesville, but went to North Point when there was an opening.
    “I’m very fortunate and I’m honored to be here. There are a lot of hard-working police officers. It’s very impressive,” Brown said. “It’s tough to choose an Officer of the Month.”