Training Program Services
Ralph Brown, appointed Bureau Chief for the Training Program Services Bureau in December 2016, has been involved in the law enforcement profession for the past 26 years. Ralph put himself through the extended basic academy in Santa Rosa, where he accepted a job offer with the Suisun City Police Department in 1990. Ralph moved to the Fairfield Police Department in 1993, where he served as a patrol officer, and then COPPS Officer in the Special Operations Division. Looking for career development opportunities, Ralph accepted a position as a deputy sheriff with the Office of the Sheriff, Contra Costa County. His assignments included patrol and custody deputy, field training officer, department training coordinator, patrol and custody sergeant, and internal affairs sergeant. As a lieutenant, Ralph served as the assistant patrol division commander and watch commander. He served on several committees including patrol car redesign, firearms conversion, scheduling, sheriff’s technical advisory, and sheriff’s charity golf tournament. Ralph retired in 2013.
Ralph joined POST in June 2014. He took over the responsibility of Basic Course Certification Review manager, auditing police academies in California. In October 2015, Ralph was selected as the Legislative Analyst and PIO. Ralph reviewed legislation affecting California law enforcement, writes bill analysis for the Governor’s Office, communicated POST’s position to authoring Senators and Assemblymembers, and provided Committee testimony. As the PIO, Ralph responded to all media inquiries related to legislation, peace officer hiring and training standards and guidelines.
Ralph earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Saint Mary’s College, and a master’s degree in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix, where he served as associate faculty for five-years with the College of Criminal Justice and Security.