OAKMAN — Deputy Tim Brand is settling in to his new role as a school resource officer for Oakman schools.Brand's first day on the job was Monday, but he is no stranger to law enforcement.He has …
OAKMAN — Deputy Tim Brand is settling in to his new role as a school resource officer for Oakman schools.
Brand's first day on the job was Monday, but he is no stranger to law enforcement.
He has been a police officer since 2009 and was employed with the Walker County Sheriff's Office until 2017. During his eight-year tenure, Brand worked as a patrol officer and was once a sergeant.
Brand took a brief break from law enforcement when he left the Sheriff's Office, and he later worked for Dora Police Department, which gave him the opportunity to sometimes patrol at Dora High School.
"I've always wanted to help people," Brand said of his calling to be a police officer. "In this occupation, you have the opportunity to help somebody on almost every call you go on. Every day is different, and you overcome all kinds of obstacles. It's never boring."
Brand is now one of four school resource officers that have recently been placed in Walker County schools.
His position at Oakman High and Oakman Middle schools is made possible by an agreement between the Town of Oakman and the Walker County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the Walker County Board of Education.
Brand is a native of West Jasper and a graduate of Walker High School. While he's not a resident of Oakman, Brand said he already feels at home in the community.
"I want to meet everybody. I want to meet all the administrators, all the teachers. I want to have time with the kids, and I want us — along with administration — to come up with good safety plans for different situations," he said. "I just want to spend time with the kids and let the kids know that we're here for their protection and to make sure they have a safe day."
Oakman Middle School Principal Chris Walton said students responded well to Brand on Monday.
"The younger kids have really taken to him and are excited to see him," Walton said. "It builds a good foundation of not being afraid of police officers."
Oakman High School Principal Patrick Gann said Brand has also been beneficial in directing traffic, which can become congested with over 1,000 student between the school campuses.
"He's already been a great help today," Gann said, adding that he has provided Brand with an office at the school.
Oakman Police Chief Ken Marbury always patrolled the schools as often as he could, but was often called away at a moment's notice to respond to police calls. Now, Brand will always be at the school to provide a police presence.
"I have known Deputy Brand for years, and he’s truly going to be an asset to this community. He has great work ethic and a great personality," Marbury said.
Brand expressed his appreciation to Walker County Sheriff Nick Smith and all involved for affording him the opportunity to be a role model and protector for Oakman students.
"I appreciate Sheriff Smith," Brand said. "He's doing some different things that other people never did, and the positive vibe from it is only going to help the community. I'm glad to be a small part of that."