BARSTOW • A new detective not unfamiliar with the greater Barstow area has been assigned to the Barstow sheriff's station.
Marion Browne, a 13-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, previously coordinated the sheriff's department's Volunteer Forces Division — which included the Barstow-based Search and Rescue Squad — at their San Bernardino Headquarters.
"I was the one who called people at 2 a.m.," said Browne, who lives in Victorville. "The squad was always very responsive."
Browne said she also had good experiences with local residents when she dispatched Barstow Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P.S) to distribute fliers in local neighborhoods when a kidnapping suspect was on the loose.
Browne replaces Det. Anthony Padfield, who was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to the Adelanto Detention Center. Padfield was also involved with the Search and Rescue Squad.
Browne — who started working as a detective at the Barstow Station on October 5 — said that she enjoyed her work as a deputy in San Bernardino, but is very happy to come to Barstow where she can help solve crimes.
"As a patrol deputy you have to go from call to call, often you don't get to look into things extensively," said Browne. "Being a detective gives you a chance to solve bigger cases."
While the sparsely populated areas that surround the city of Barstow can offer criminals a place to hide, Browne said that there is also a benefit to rural police work.
"In isolated areas people are more aware of suspects. If there is an unfamiliar car that is driving around, people will notice."
Browne said that she became involved with police work because "everyone has a story."
"You go out and help some people and you take out the bad guys," said Browne. "It gives me a good feeling."
Even though Browne has moved from working in San Bernardino to Barstow she said she is very excited to come to work in the area.
"It's a much easier commute, and there are a great bunch of people here at the station. There is a lot more to Barstow than people who are just driving through to Las Vegas realize."
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