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Comes From A Family of Law Enforcement Officers

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Reneisha Brown comes from a family of law enforcement officers. Her mother is a detention deputy, her father is a retired police officer, and her sister is currently working in law enforcement as well. And while it may seem that her family had an influence in her decision to become a law enforcement officer, it was actually her passion for helping others that led her to pursue a career in criminal justice.

While attending high school Brown was initially interested in becoming a lawyer. Although after a summer mentorship she realized that the best option for her would be to focus on criminal justice. So immediately following high school she worked at Publix while looking at ways to sponsor herself for the police academy.

“At first it was very difficult trying to work full-time, earn entry into the police academy, and also be a parent,” says Brown. “So that's when I decided it was time to go to college and get my degree. Most police departments require at least 90 college credits to get the job, so I figured that would be my first step,” added Brown. “I decided it would be best to focus on a degree and then find a department to sponsor me after completing my education.”

So Brown began looking for a college that could allow her to focus on one class at a time, which led her to Brown Mackie College – Miami. The class schedule was perfect for her personality and lifestyle, since focusing on one class a month kept her engaged and on track. However, what she liked most about BMC – Miami were the instructors.

“A lot of the instructors at Brown Mackie had already spent time in the field, so they were able to provide me with their personal, real-life experiences. This helped me throughout my time with the academy, as there are a lot of procedures they talk about and I was already familiar with because of my instructors,” added Brown.

Brown would work full-time at Publix, head over to college afterwards, and back home to take care of her son. After some time managing a full schedule, she left her position at Publix and began working with the TSA as airport security in the federal field. Not long after she decided to apply with the Hallandale Beach Police Department, where she started working as a police clerk.

“Looking back I’m really glad I decided to make the transition to go back to school and finish my degree. Receiving my associate’s degree and continuing on the path of law enforcement is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. With hard work, guidance from the instructors at Brown Mackie College, and making connections through networking, I’ve been able to move quickly into my career and achieve a lot in a small amount of time,” said Brown.

Currently Brown is on track and planning to attend the police academy in August, 2014. Her son continues to motivate her and help inspire her to succeed. “It means a lot for me to show my son that he can do whatever he sets his mind to,” says Brown. “Just like my family inspired me, I wanted to show him that through hard work and dedication he can accomplish anything.”

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