'Courageous' cop retires from NYPD 'dream job' after 500 arrests in three decades on the job


'Courageous' cop retires from NYPD 'dream job' after 500 arrests in three decades on the job

'Courageous' cop retires from NYPD 'dream job' after 500 arrests in three decades on the job

NYPD Lt. Kevin Brown had a good ride.

The 32-year veteran retired Friday with a ceremonial walkout from the NYPD’s Rodmans Neck outdoor training facility in the Bronx that was attended by senior commanders and regular cops.

Brown leaves a career strewn with accomplishments, including more than 500 arrests in his three decades on the job and just a single civilian complaint despite thousands and thousands of stops.

“It’s been a great, great job,” he told the Daily News. “If I could have had my dream job, this would be it. I have no regrets.”

In the final phase of his career, Brown, 52, of Long Island, trained every narcotics detective in the NYPD on the nuances of the trade that can help save their lives on the street.    

“If you’re in narcotics now, if you’re in gang, or in vice, you’ve been exposed to Kevin Brown,” said Chief of Department James O’Neill.

But Brown didn’t just train his NYPD brethren on best practices — he taught them his own special tricks on how to stay alive, said his wife, who is also on the job.        

“In a lot of the role playing and the search warrant training, he gave them helpful ways of getting self out of a jam,” said Detective Justine Killion, 43, who works in the NYPD cyber crimes unit.

He started out at age 20 walking a beat in 1984, and worked in the 13th Precinct, Manhattan North Narcotics, the organized crime bureau and auto crime, among others.  

“Kevin is going to be sorely missed,” said his former 13th Precinct partner, Peter Conlin, 52. “He’s fair, selfless, and courageous. Some people become a boss and forget that they were a cop. Kevin never forgot that.”

He was in the north tower at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, about 10 minutes before it collapsed. He was spared, but his good friend, Police Officer Robert Fazio, was not.           

“We were cops in the precinct for eight years together, and I still keep his picture in my locker,” Brown said. “It really gave me a whole new perspective on life.”

Brown has strong opinions about the recent murders of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge and the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at police hands, and the protests that have swept the country.

“Policing is necessary; when you call us, we show up,” he said. “I think that what people really want is good policing, and they want to be respected. They aren’t protesting the police.”

“I think the message gets messed up,” he added. “Somehow this has to be resolved. This is the worst I’ve ever seen it.”

When Brown looks back on his career, he is proud of his part in transforming once drug-ridden blocks in Harlem into more livable places.

He recalled in particular the stretch of Frederick Douglass Blvd. between 116th St. and 117th St. was among the worst back in the early 1990s.

“That’s where you could buy the most heroin,” he said. “Now, it’s the Harlem Tavern. The transformation is incredible.”

Brown plans to continue working as an adjunct at John Jay College, spend more time with his 9-year-old son and relax a bit before finding a second career. He also has two grown sons.

As for that civilian complaint on his record, Brown says a motorist behind him one day was mad because he was driving too slow.

“He beeped his horn at me, and I drove a little slower,” he said.

Now, he can really drive as slow as he wants.

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