Milton PD receives local honor

Published on February 07, 2014 with No Comments

Chief Greg Brand

Honors are bestowed on groups and individuals, but on Jan. 20 the Milton Police Department received an award that honored the entire department’s tireless efforts.

The Fellowship of Churches of Santa Rosa County Inc. honored Milton Police Chief Greg Brand and the entire Milton Police Department with the 2014 MLK Drum Major for Service Award and recognized the department for providing dedicated services for 12 years “without favoritism or bias” to the community.

The award itself left Chief Brand speechless and stunned.

“I was flattered and honored to accept the award,” Brand said. “They were recognizing me, but in reality they were recognizing the entire department for its unbiased policing.”

When Brand came to the Milton Police Department as Chief in 2002, he wanted to change the image of the department and to do so he had to create a mission as a department.

“We created a purpose to enhance the quality of life for everyone in the City of Milton,” said Brand. “To do this we had to create a mission which was to be recognized as a progressive and professional law enforcement agency.

“Since 2002 we have had to adjust our mission which is now to maintain the recognition as a progressive, professional law enforcement agency and I believe we have done that.”

Brand noted that a lot of the changes has not only been noted by the community through the award given to the department on Jan. 20, but also by the agencies the Milton Police Department works with such as the State Attorney’s Office and others when it comes to officers depositions, reports, as well as other court related matters.

“For us to be successful in achieving our purpose we had establish some strategies for success,” Brand said.

Those strategies are:

  • Promote efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability
  • Exercise a C.O.P. philosophy
  • Focus on employee development
  • Enhance technology

The technology itself was the use of smart cop and a CAD system which put the Milton Police Department on the same level as the Sheriff’s Office and other departments in the area.

Brand noted that when he first took over the department there were problems in certain areas of town as well as seven shooting incidents in and around the city of Milton.

His department worked not only with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office on these problems, but a group of concerned citizens as well.

Chief Brand recognized those individuals – Murray Hamilton, Al Brewton, Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Kennedy, Marleen Collins, Benjamin and Libra Russell, Christy Slack, and the late Silva Roberts – when he accepted the honor from Fellowship of Churches.

“The community played a big role is not only working with the department and talking to us about issues that needed to be looked at and addressed,” Brand said. “Today when there is an issue residents of Milton are proactive instead of reactive.

“They have played a big part in making the perception of the department a reality.”

While Brand took over changing the image of the department by building relationships with people and touching base with community as a whole he also got the officers involved by establishing four core values and beliefs as a department.

Those values and beliefs as a department are:

  • We believe in the principles embodied in the Constitution of the United States of America and the State of Florida, and will strive to maintain the integrity of our federal, state and local laws.
  • We RESPECT and PROTECT the rights of all people and promise to enforce the law without favoritism or bias, treating everyone with courtesy and fairness.
  • Community TRUST and CONFIDNECE in the Milton Police Department is earned by the INTEGRITY of our Members.
  • We will be ACCOUNTABLE to ourselves and to the community we serve, always working to perform at our PERSONAL BEST, with great respect for Duty and Honor.

And it was the officers themselves who established these values and beliefs.

“I posted about 20 or 30 items on the wall the officers and I talked about and then had them vote on the top five or so,” Brand recalled. “When they all had voted I took the results and compiled it into our core values and beliefs back in 2002 and we are still using that model today.”

Brand realizes how very fortunate he and the department are for the relations they have developed in the city over the past 12 years he has led the Milton Police Department as chief and he still keeps and open door policy for the residents who have a concern or issue to come by and discuss it with him personally.


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