It was range day for the Richfield City Police Department, the last one for Corp. Jim Brown.
It was one of many lasts for Brown as he prepares to retire Monday, June 10.
“He has an ability to deal with people,” said Richfield City Police Chief Trent Lloyd. “It’s a quality you can’t train.”
Brown started his law enforcement career with the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office in 1999. He worked as a deputy for three years before accepting a position at Richfield City.
“In all his years here, I don’t recall a complaint against him,” Lloyd said. “When you’re dealing with conflict day in and day out, it’s rare to not make some of them mad. I’m going to miss that.”
While working for the city, Brown began helping out with the school resource officer program.
Brown said one of the best lessons he learned while working in law enforcement was from Lloyd.
“He told me if you want to do something in you’re job, just start doing it and people will begin to see you that way,” Brown said.
At the time, Richfield’s SRO was Juri Strong, and Brown started out with teaching classes.
After Strong left the department, Brown took on the SRO program.
“I credit him for building it into what it is today,” Lloyd said. Brown served as the SRO for five schools in Richfield.
“It was a little hard to take a day off,” Brown said. “I have a whole new respect for teachers.”
Since that time, the Sevier School District passed a voted local levy, which allowed for the district to fund SROs in the three attendance areas in Sevier County.
Brown stayed on, now assisted by Jerred Lefevre in the Richfield area schools.
“I enjoyed being the SRO,” Brown said. “I liked getting the feedback from parents and students. They expressed their appreciation for what we do.”
However, Brown made the decision to go back to patrol in 2018.
“I enjoy the people,” Brown said. “You have a really large circle of people to talk with in this job.”
Brown said meeting and getting to know people in the community has been one of the perks of the job.
Another has been working with the department.
“We have a really good group of guys,” Brown said. “Every step of the way, I feel like I’ve been supported and encouraged working for the city.”
Brown said being part of a team was another thing he enjoyed about law enforcement — possibly because of his military background. He served 21 years with the Utah National Guard’s 1457th Engineer Battalion.
As much as he’s enjoyed law enforcement, Brown said he’s ready to explore the next step in his life.
“I’m going to be doing some cowboy stuff,” Brown said. He said he plans on working at a local livestock auction, as well as helping out some area ranchers.
An open house in Brown’s honor is set for Monday, June 10, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Richfield Fire Station, 77 East 100 North.