H-SC's New Chief of Police

October 07, 2013

Jeff BrownBuilding positive relationships with students, faculty, and staff, promoting a safe and healthy learning environment, preventing and solving crime, is what brought Jeff Brown, new Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police, to Hampden-Sydney College.

College campuses have unique needs, and contemporary challenges require campus police to engage in constant training and modeling. “It is my desire,” says Chief Brown, “to further develop our police personnel and to provide them with additional training opportunities that will advance their abilities to act in the event of an emergency.

Hampden-Sydney College has worked hard to build an emergency notification system (ENS) to alert our community to hazardous conditions and emergency incidents, and our police officers have received training to manage these situations.

In the event of an emergency, information must be disseminated, first to those most immediately affected – students, faculty, and staff – and then to other constituents and the media.  The primary off-campus constituency that needs timely information following an emergency is our parents.  Hampden-Sydney parents are notified by e-mail and directed to the Parents web page where, at the time of an emergency, a link is provided to information and updates. 

The goal of campus security, both in concept and implementation, is the well-being of the Hampden-Sydney community – a community where we all feel secure in our property and person.


Chief Jeff Brown

Prior to coming to Hampden-Sydney, Chief Brown served as the Associate Vice President and Chief of Police for Christopher Newport University. He has served as the chief of police for the Prince George County, Virginia, Police Department and Covington, Virginia, Police Department.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of Maryland and his Master of Arts degree from Radford University.  He is a graduate of the 170th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBINA).

Chief Brown is a published author and has taught crime prevention methodology, ethics, organizational change and patrol techniques to law enforcement officers and community members at several police academies, colleges, and training seminars.

In 2010, he was appointed by Governor McDonnell to serve as a member of the Commonwealth’s Criminal Justice Services Board and has served as President of the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (VACLEA).