Nilieka Brown ’12 is helping to recruit Syracuse’s next generation of law enforcement officers. At only 24 years old she travels around Central New York promoting careers in law enforcement, as well as awareness about the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance and Education Training) initiatives. We were lucky enough to meet her for lunch when she visited MSC last month. Welcome back!
You recently visited the campus to meet with current students, what was that like?
It was nerve-wracking because that was my first time presenting for recruiting and I didn’t know what to expect but once I got the hang of it, it was rewarding. It made me feel good to know how much of an impact I am/can make on different people’s lives.
Can you describe your current position?
I am an Information Aide for the Syracuse Police Department. I basically help the Officers, my Sergeant and my Caption out in the recruitment section, community relations division and the D.A.R.E. & G.R.E.A.T. program.
You were a student at Morrisville not so long ago. Did you come to MSC already knowing what career you wanted to pursue?
No, I was way off on my career path. When I first came to Morrisville I took up Nursing, and then transferred to math but I graduated with my Bachelors of Technology in Criminal Justice.
How did your time at MSC prepare you for your career and did some of your experiences influence your current interests?
The time prepared me for this career because I got a chance to bond and get to know so great people. My professors such as Clare [Armstrong-Seward] and [Dave] Amico helped me to think outside the box and not to limit myself. If it wasn’t for Professor Clare I would not have been given the chance at Syracuse Police Department and I am truly grateful. I have always told her that I was never going to become a police officer but, after taking some of her courses such as, Interviewing Techniques, and having her as a mentor she helped me to reach for higher goals. She inspired me to try even if it’s not something I really want to do.
What's been the biggest surprise or shock about post-college life?
I thought that it would be finding a job but that came easy for me. The real shock was transforming into a responsible adult and paying bills when all I want to do is buy heels!
What are you hobbies?
I like to work overtime that’s what makes me happy because it’s always for an exciting event like the D.A.R.E. karate tournament or a recruitment trip.
What’s your favorite Morrisville memory?
There are so many great memories! Working for University Police, being a Resident Assistant and completing hall programs like PostSecret, but also there are memories of canvassing a pretend crime scene. I miss the school as a whole!
What’s your personal anthem? (A song that pumps you up, defines your life, etc.)
My personal anthem is “Never Would’ve Made It” by Marvin Sapp. I love Gospel.
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
I would tell myself to focus on what I want in life, dream big and leave everything in God’s hands.