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More on Cynthia Brown

Cynthia Brown, administrator of PubSecAlliance with NYPD Det. Dave Fitzpatrick (Ret.). Dave’s photographs of the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001 were published in the book, Above Hallowed Ground, widely considered the best photographic record of the damage inflicted by the terrorists in New York City.

Cynthia Brown, administrator of PubSecAlliance with NYPD Det. Dave Fitzpatrick (Ret.). Dave’s photographs of the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001 were published in the book, Above Hallowed Ground, widely considered the best photographic record of the damage inflicted by the terrorists in New York City.

PubSecAlliance Administrator

Cynthia Brown is the publisher and founder of American Police Beat magazine, the nation’s largest law enforcement publication, with over 250,000 monthly readers. Cynthia founded American Police Beat in 1994 with the goal of creating a way for law enforcement people to communicate with each other about the most pressing issues and concerns facing their profession.

She was inspired to undertake this project after working for several years for the Boston Police Department doing a number of varied tasks including facilitating meetings between beat cops and residents in one of the city’s most crime-plagued neighborhoods and producing a neighborhood newsletter for Boston’s five police districts. Bill Bratton, the former police chief in Boston, New York City and Los Angeles, was her boss.

Cynthia is also a founding member of the Police Union Leadership Seminar, a three-day annual event run in conjunction with Harvard University that is attended by the presidents of the largest police associations in the country. In 2009, at Cynthia’s invitation, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder came to Cambridge to speak to the participants and answer questions about the Obama administration’s agenda for the Department of Justice. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano addressed the group the following year in 2010.

In 2010 she published a book, Brave Hearts: Extraordinary Stories of Pride, Pain and Courage which tells the stories of 15 people of various ranks and assignments working for the NYPD.  After one year the book went into a second printing and is being incorporated into the curriculum at police academies and colleges and universities across the United States. To date Brave Hearts has sold over 15,000 copies and has been called by some, “the best book ever written about what cops actually do and the price they pay to do it.”

And when it became apparent that the 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were going to present major problems for hundreds of law enforcement agencies and tens of thousands of individual officers, Cynthia teamed up with Sheriff Mike Brown of the Bedford County (VA) Sheriff’s Office. Together, they raised more than $4 million in cash and equipment for local police and sheriff’s departments that had been devastated by the hurricanes.

Cynthia has frequently been called the most influential civilian in law enforcement. She is the recipient of many awards including the most prestigious honor in law enforcement, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s Distinguished Service Award. Upon presenting Cynthia with the award, Craig Floyd, the chairman of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said, “For two decades Cynthia Brown has helped to make law enforcement in America more informed, more strategic and more effective by reporting on the critical issues of the day and by highlighting the dedicated and heroic service of law enforcement officers nationwide.” Former recipients of the Distinguished Service Award include several U.S. Senators, the CEO’s of the Motorola and DuPont companies and former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.

Cynthia has been profiled in The New York Times, Boston magazine, Inc. magazine, and several times in The Boston Globe. She has been interviewed on several radio programs including the syndicated NPR program Fresh Air hosted by Terry Gross. She receives numerous requests for interviews from network and cable television programs, newspapers and magazines and is a frequent speaker at law enforcement seminars, conferences and conventions.

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