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HyperLocal(s) Podcast: John Brown. Protecting and Serving.

“Champaign County lifelong resident, Mayor of Savoy and retired University of Illinois lieutenant talks about the pendulum swinging back in favor of local police."


"Listen as John discusses three cases that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. **Trigger warning** one of the cases involves an infant death. He also gives insight into the rumors behind police quotas, how to get out of a ticket and if there's really a 5 MPH buffer on speeding. John is an open book willing to bust misconceptions and myths surrounding local police.”


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John Brown Awarded 2022 Law Enforcement Commendation

(CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – March 24, 2022) In recognition of Deputy Chief John P. Brown’s distinguished law enforcement career and dedication to public service, the Piankeshaw Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution is proud to present our 2022 Law Enforcement Commendation to Deputy Chief John P. Brown. The award and citation were presented to Deputy Chief Brown on March 23, 2022, at the organization’s monthly meeting. 


John Brown is currently Deputy Chief of Police for the Village of Tolono Police Department, serving since his appointment in 2020. Deputy Chief Brown previously served as Lieutenant for the University of Illinois Police Department from 2015 to 2020. Deputy Chief Brown began his career as a patrol officer in 1990 with the University of Illinois. From 2000 to 2003 he served as Corporal, then Sergeant 2003 to 2015. 


Deputy Chief Brown holds a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice with a specialization in Law Enforcement and secondary concentration in Corrections Management from Southern Illinois University. He received a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education in 2018 from the University of Virginia. He is a 2018 graduate of the FBI National Academy and a 2017 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. 


Deputy Chief Brown currently serves as President of the Village of Savoy where he was elected in 2021. Previously, he served as Village Trustee from 2005 until 2021. Brown has also been serving as Public Administrator and Public Guardian for Champaign Country since 2011, a gubernatorial appointed Officer of the Court. 


Deputy Chief Brown is involved in several community organization including Rotary International, CRIS Health Aging Advisory Board, Illinois Guardianship Association Board Member, Knights of Columbus, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, former board member of Catholic Charities, former Volunteer Firefighter and Fire Investigator, former Assistant Scout Leader, Fraternal Order of Police, and a member of Saint Matthew Catholic Church. 


Deputy Chief Brown has received many honors and recognitions throughout his career and served on several law enforcement boards and teams including ILEAS Region VII Mobile Field Force Commander and METRO SWAT Team Commander. 


The Sons of the American Revolution is a historical, educational, and patriotic organization which seeks to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, an appreciation for true patriotism, a respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship, and the unifying force of e pluribus unum that has created, from the people of many nations, one nation and one people. Today the SAR consists of 26,000 members in over 500 chapters in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Almost 165,000 descendants of the men and women Patriots of the American Revolution have been admitted since our founding. SAR members include fifteen presidents of the United States. 

John Brown announces run for Sheriff


With careful consideration for my family, friends, and career as a law enforcement officer, I am officially announcing as a Republican Candidate for the Office of Sheriff of Champaign County.

I seek the office based on my 31 years of law enforcement training and experience, which includes 21 years of supervisory and leadership experience. In 2020, I retired as a lieutenant at the University of Illinois Police Department after 30 years of service. I am currently the Deputy Chief of Police for the Village of Tolono.

I have a graduate certificate from the University of Virginia in Criminal Justice Education and a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in Administration of Justice with a specialization in Law Enforcement and a secondary concentration in Corrections Management. I am a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University.

During the past ten years of my law enforcement career, I have also served Champaign County as the Public Administrator and Public Guardian. In these roles, I work with disabled adults and administer estates in probate and have developed good working relationships with many local attorneys, judges, and social service organizations. Additionally, I am the Mayor of the Village of Savoy; as such, I am the chief executive officer and responsible for the overall management and operation of the village. Prior to my election as Mayor, I served many years as a Village Trustee and volunteer firefighter.

With violent crime on the rise, law enforcement under attack, a planned $20 million jail expansion and serious staffing and morale issues at the Champaign County Jail, it is more important than ever that Champaign County elect a qualified Sheriff with the training and experience required for the position.

I am 54 years of age and was raised in Rantoul, the son of three-term Champaign County Sheriff Joseph Brown; brother of Village of Rantoul Chief of Police Tony Brown; and brother of Village of Mahomet Administrator Patrick Brown. I married Margaret Curtis of Mahomet and we have two children and two grandchildren. My wife and I moved to Savoy with our family in 2002. We are members of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Champaign.

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31 years of Law Enforcement Training and Experience

Savoy village president looking to follow in father's footsteps as Champaign County sheriff

URBANA — More than three decades after his late father left office as Champaign County sheriff, Savoy Village President John Brown has begun circulating petitions to run for sheriff himself.

Brown, a Republican, said Wednesday he’s “99 percent” sure he will run and has already let current Democratic Champaign County Sheriff Dustin Heuerman know, as a courtesy.

- via The News-Gazette

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John Brown Graduates From the 273rd Session of the FBI National Academy

Two hundred twenty-eight law enforcement officers graduated today from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. The 273rd Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 48 states. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 25 international countries, four military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations.


Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.


FBI Director Christopher Asher Wray was the principal speaker at the ceremony.


Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.


Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university of the many courses offered.


The graduating officers were represented by the class spokesperson, Frank Rodriguez, Moore County Sheriff's office, Carthage, North Carolina. A total of 51,270 graduates now represent the alumni of the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935.


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