Robert Browder began his career in law enforcement at the age of 18. He attended the Police Academy while majoring in Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati and working evenings for the city of Sharonville as a dispatcher. Browder was hired by Golf Manor as an officer, then later accepted a full-time position with Springfield Township in 1989.
Throughout his tenure with Springfield Township, Browder worked nearly every assignment in the Police Department including patrol, undercover narcotics investigation, criminal investigation and with the Springfield Township Arrest and Response Team (START). He also served five years on the Hamilton County Police Association SWAT Team as both a tactical team member and negotiator. Browder was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2001, to Lieutenant in 2003 and to Assistant Chief in 2005, then to Chief on June 1, 2015.
Browder’s extensive leadership credentials include certification from the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC), Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, and Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) for which he currently serves on the CLEE Board of Advisors through the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.