Upon the retirement of Chief Keith Hudson, a familiar face will take his place at the head of Milford Police Department. Kenneth Brown, who has served as a Lieutenant in the police force since 2007 years, has accepted the position of Chief of Police. Chief Brown has been a police officer with Milford since graduating from the Delaware State Police Academy since 1988.
“I began my career with Milford as a part-time dispatcher before becoming a patrolman,” Chief Brown said. “After working patrol for a couple years, I was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division as a detective. I worked in that position until 2007 when I was promoted to a staff position as a Lieutanant. I then commanded the Criminal Investigation Unit.” During his tenure with Milford, Chief Brown has attended the Delaware State Police Homicide Conference for 17 straight years. He is a certified Delaware State Police Academy instructor and has been the Milford Police firearms instructor for 15 years.
Chief Brown said that he chose to be a police officer in Milford because Milford was his hometown and because his father was a Milford Police Officer when he was a young child, around eight years old. Around the same time, Chief Steinbach, who was serving as the Chief of Police for Milford, moved in next door. Chief Brown said these were big influences on his life and encouraged him to become a police officer.
“I have worked for three police chiefs in my career,” Chief Brown said. “I was hired by Chief Richard Carmean and, upon Chief Carmean’s retirement, Chief Bob Taulbee took over command, followed by Chief E. Keith Hudson. I have a tremendous amount of respect for all three of these men and have learned a great deal from them. All three bolstered my inspiration to become Chief of Police.”
Chief Brown said that he expects to face many challenges as the police chief. His first challenge will be filling positions that have come available over the past few years. Chief Brown says that with the retirement of Chief Hudson, the department is short five officers. He said that it can take about a year before someone is qualified to be patrolling officer, due to the hiring process and academy training that is required. Chief Brown says that he hopes to recruit certified officers as they can be placed on the street in approximately one month. Chief Brown said that the department was also in the hiring process to send new officers to the academy in March.
“Another challenge that I will address is to continue and greatly improve on the community relationship we enjoy within the community,” Chief Brown said. “I will address this on many fronts. I personally will be seen in the community. We will hold community meetings and informative seminars at various locations throughout the community such as churches and civic organizations. We will continue programs such as the Citizen’s Police Academy, National Night Out and picnics in various communities. I will also encourage officers to conduct more foot patrols which will foster positive personal contact with the citizens.”
Chief Brown says that the challenges he will face will be much different than those he faced in other positions as most of his career was spent on criminal investigations. He was a detective for about 17 years and commanded the Criminal Investigation Division, which meant he participated in a lot of the decision-making, he said it will be different making all the decisions for the department. Chief Brown said that he is looking forward to the opportunity to take on the challenges and make positive chages.
Chief Brown said that he is most looking forward to the interaction he will have with the public and building more relationships he intends to build with the public.
“Being able to serve the men and women of the Milford Police Department is an honor that I cherish,” Chief Brown said.