Caught Up: Seth Brown, Director, Mayor’s Office of Crime Prevention


How politics, faith, and community connection share one man’s fight to keep his ‘finger in the dyke’ and cut off crime in Columbus at its root.

“Caught Up: Criminal Justice in the Chattahoochee Valley” Vol. 5

Seth Brown in his “broom closet” office inside the city’s Annex building at 420 9th Street.
“As you can see, all our office’s money is directed toward programs,” Brown says of his digs.

Editor Frank Etheridge interview with Seth Brown Sept. 2019

“Our results are proven effective because it allows teachers and students to create community,” says Sally Baker, Director of Education, Springer Opera House, and PAIR Program leader. “Different modalities of learning show us how arts integration into learning engages students’ thinking on entirely new levels. [The Springer Opera House] was able to quickly establish this program effectively in local schools due its basis on 20 years on teaching through the Springer Academy. I feel the [Office of Crime Prevention] Board and City Council continue to support its funding because it is a proven solution to this problem, changing behavior by fostering connection, community and new ways to learn.”

“Caught Up: Criminal Justice in the Chattahoochee Valley” series is made possible by the Action Grants program with the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley.

Seth Brown, Director of Mayor’s Office of Crime Prevention

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Frank Etheridge

Native son and veteran journalist Frank Etheridge is Editor of Electric City, a digital media outlet dedicated to documenting the news and culture of Columbus, Georgia.

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