Former New West top cop dies

Former New Westminster Chief Constable Ken Brown has passed away. - NWPD
Former New Westminster Chief Constable Ken Brown has passed away.
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Former New Westminster Chief Constable Ken Brown has passed away at the age of 78.

Brown joined the city's police department as chief constable in 1978 after serving 23 years with the Vancouver Police Department.

During his time in New West, he served on a variety of provincial and municipal committees including a stint as president of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police.

According to New Westminster police, Brown was a big proponent of community involvement even before the term "community policing" was in vogue. He helped create the police department soccer school in the 1980s which continues to be a popular summer activity in the city with 300 kids taking part in the week-long event.

"He was recognized as bringing the NWPD into the modern age, ensuring the members were given the best equipment and training possible, including the introduction of body armour, better holsters and police vehicles, and the creation of the emergency response team," said Staff Sgt. Paul Hyland in an email.

Brown was born in Peace River, Alta., on July 31, 1933 before his family moved to Surrey when he was a young child. Later he settled in New Westminster with his wife Edna and their family.

While with the VPD, Brown rose through the ranks to become a detective and then later an inspector in charge of the vice squad before taking the post in New Westminster.

He retired in 1992 and moved to Vancouver Island with his family living in Youbou and Brentwood Bay until his passing on Tuesday (June 19) in Saanich Peninsula Hospital.

The family is requesting any donations in Ken's name be made to the CKNW Orphans Fund.

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