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A Lifelong Service
written by Rachael Smith The Sheriff of Bedford County stays busy even during retirement.
A
fter serving in law
enforcement for five
decades including Sheriff
of Bedford County for
24 years, Mike Brown is
finally retired.
Well, not entirely.
At 80, Brown, now a resident
of Westminster Canterbury,
reflects on the work he has
done over the years and how
it's led into the passion for the
nonprofit he helped establish
- Safe Surfin' Foundation,
which works to implement and
continually support internet
safety education globally
for all children by providing
training, technical assistance
and educational materials at
no cost.
Brown was the former Vice
President, National White
Collar Crime Center. He is a
retired Senior Special Agent,
Criminal Enforcement Division,
United States Treasury
Department. He served in the
US Army, Military Police Corps,
from 1967 to 1970; as a Tactical
Officer, Special Operations
Division, Metropolitan Police
Department, Washington, DC;
as a Staff Support Specialist
with the Department of
Defense; and prior to his
election as Sheriff on January
1,1996, he served as a criminal
justice consultant/instructor
with the United States
Department of Justice, International
Criminal Investigative Training Assistance
Program, in Central and South America
and the Caribbean.
After retiring from the Bedford County
Sheriff's Office at the end of 2019, he
went straight to work at as Vice President
of International and Strategic Initiatives
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for the National White Color Crime Center
of which he'd been on the Board of
Directors for 15 years.
" I was retired for a week and went to
work, " he laughs.
a federal agent, and I saw it as sheriff -
these individuals did not get invited to
the table when discussions were made
that affected them in either the state or
national level, " he says.
Brown was asked to be
president of the Small, Rural
and Tribal Law Enforcement
Executives Association, which
he just calls another adventure.
The association now has more
than 6,000 members.
Sheriff Brown has directed,
since 1998 to his retirement
from the sheriff's office in 2019,
the Southern Virginia, Internet
Crimes Against Children Task
Force, for the Department
of Justice, Office of Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency
Prevention.
This Congressionally funded
task force was dedicated to
investigating, prosecuting,
and developing effective
responses to Internet crimes
against children He testified
before Congress in 1999 on
matters concerning Internet
crimes against children which
include sexual exploitation
of children and the problem
of child pornography and sex
trafficking on the Internet.
Brown says he was first
exposed to human trafficking
while serving as a criminal
justice consultant and
instructor in El Salvador.
" It was during their Civil War
Brown was there for a year when he
was approached by a friend that he
worked with on the National Sheriffs
Association and was getting ready to start
an association to deal specifically with
small, rural and tribal law enforcement
agencies.
" Which a lot of times - and I saw it as
and I had no idea that I could fall over
into it once I came to the Sheriff's Office,
but I saw it, it was always on my mind, "
he says.
When he came back, he thought
he would retire, but the community
members of Bedford encouraged Brown
to run for sheriff in 1996.
COURTESY OF MIKE BROWN
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