Before a crowd of family, friends, peers and community members, County Clerk Gary Clemens swore in Gregory C. Brown as Leesburg’s fifth Chief of Police Sept. 29 at the Tally Ho Theatre.
During his speech, Brown first thanked God, then his wife Laura and his sons. He also recognized his old boss, Sheriff Mike Chapman. He highlighted challenges law enforcement faced and cited outreach, education, awareness, prevention, intervention, treatment and referral. He also discussed fair and impartial policing as strategies to make law enforcement efforts more successful.
“As in anywhere that has experienced the growth and development this area has, there has been and always will be challenges,” Brown said at a speech during the ceremony. “The strategies mentioned will help legitimize police action. It will also help establish and maintain trust in the communities we have sworn to protect and serve.”
“These strategies coupled with strong partnerships with government entities and community stakeholders along with the continued sense of accountability by everyone will assist us in our pursuit in maintaining the reason why the town of Leesburg is one of the most desirable places to live in the region of Northern Virginia,” he said.
Brown emphasized that police officers are peace officers who must show heightened professionalism and strive to maintain high moral and ethical standards to create and maintain trust in all parts of the community.
“We as your peace officers must remain approachable, professional, friendly and fair, but firm in our approach when serving and protecting the public,” Brown said. “And I have full faith and confidence that the men and women of the Leesburg Police Department have been and are willing to continue that endeavor to serve the public while demonstrating dignity and respect for all.”
Brown finished his remarks by thanking the community for its continued support, saying it made him proud to belong to a profession which embodies integrity, service and courage.
Brown’s first day as chief will be Monday, Oct. 3. He replaces Joseph Price, who served 16 years in the position before retiring in March of this year.
Leesburg Mayor David Butler said that Brown, one of 88 applicants for the job, will be an outstanding Chief of Police.
Before coming Leesburg’s Chief, Brown was a captain in the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, where he served as commander of the Eastern Loudoun Station. Previously, Brown has worked supervising patrols, criminal investigations and undercover opperations with vice, narcotics and gangs. He has a Master’s Degree in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor’s Degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey.