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Meet Santee's New Sheriff's Dept. Station Chief

Capt. Dan Brislin

Post Date:12/07/2017 12:07 PM
Capt. Dan Brislin, the newly appointed captain of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Santee Station, is a 20-year law enforcement veteran with an unusual skill set.
He has a bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego in psychology and sociology, and a master’s degree in public administration from National University.
Brislin is an expert on policing at Native American tribal lands; he also teaches recruits at the regional police academy how to conduct high-speed vehicle chases.
The arch of his career is broad. He has supervised the department’s Family Protection Detail, which included investigative units for child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault. He also oversaw the crime analysis division and volunteer services. He learned the intricacies of police work on sovereign tribal lands during his stint as station chief in Valley Center, which covered 335 square miles, four casinos and five Indian reservations.
Unlike the previous two Santee Station chiefs, Brislin doesn’t have deep roots in the East County region. But he’s eager to expand his knowledge about the City of Santee, where residents traditionally have given strong support to the sheriff’s department.
“I understand the history behind Santee,” he said. “There’s a rich sense of community here.”
And he’s not taking that community support for granted.
“My job is to maintain that constant and sustained relationship with the community,” he said, adding that he intends to reach out to local residents and city officials to learn about their priorities.
“Our goal is not only to fight crime, but to have a relationship with the community, where dialogue and information exchange is the norm,” he said. “The community is our biggest ally in crime fighting.”
He’s bullish on citizen involvement, especially the department’s senior volunteers.
His overall approach to law enforcement is:
• Cultivate trust with local residents;
• Use the department’s expertise in crime analysis to target problem areas; and
• Adapt enforcement methods to meet local and regional trends.
“There’s not a single approach to fighting crime,” he said. “You have to take an individual approach and look at what the needs of the community are.”
When the 45-year-old is not in uniform, he likes to hike at Iron Mountain, go for adventures on his mountain bike or keep in shape by running.