Meet the Chiefs 


Message from Chief Brammer

In light of the recent tragic events that have led to the civil unrest being experienced within our nation, the FAU Police Department share your sentiment and frustration. We know our citizens are angry and you can rest assured we are too. The tactics utilized by the officers involved in the death of Mr. George Floyd are not consistent with the training of our agency. This is NOT who we are and we condemn the action and inaction of these officers. We are trained to respond to a person in distress, not to ignore their pleas for help, whether in custody or not; so we stand with you. We do not stand with nor support those who choose to dishonor the badge they wear or the oath they took.

Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with their community knowing that the police are the community and the community are the police. We are committed to building bridges with our communities, paving a better and brighter future for all generations to come. A community where all individuals can enjoy their rights to liberty, equality, and justice.

Our hearts go out to the family of Mr. Floyd and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.


John Crane-Baker

Assistant Chief of Police - Bureau of Patrol Operations

Assistant Chief Crane-Baker began his law enforcement career in 1995 as a State Police Officer at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB) in St. Augustine, Florida. During his time at FSDB, he was a Field Training Officer (FTO) and a canine handler.

In 1997, he was hired by the Delray Beach Police Department (DBPD), where he held numerous positions, including SWAT Team member, Sergeant of Road Patrol, FTO, Training and Recruitment, Lieutenant of Road Patrol, Investigations, and Internal Affairs. Assistant Chief Crane-Baker’s most recent position was Captain, where he oversaw the Investigative, Community Patrol, Community Response, and Professional Standards Divisions.

Assistant Chief Crane-Baker holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from National University. Additionally, he attended numerous leadership and tactical schools, including the FBI National Academy, Senior Management Institute of Police, the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Courses, Intentional Leadership, SWAT Management, Tactical Commanders Course, and SWAT Supervision and Leadership.

Additionally, he was awarded the Medal of Valor, Elks Officer of the Year, PBA Officer of the Year runner-up, PBA Officer of the Month, and has received two (2) Chief’s Achievement Awards.

His professional/community associations include being a member of the FBI National Academy Associates, Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society, Kiwanis International, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Florida Police Chiefs Association, Palm Beach County Chiefs of Police Association, PERF, FBI-LEEDA Association, Florida SWAT Association, and the National Tactical Officers Association.

I am extremely proud to be a part of such an exemplary law enforcement organization that continues to grow and expand its services for the fastest growing University in the state of Florida. I firmly believe in a management model that provides for community service, incorporating an accountability-driven leadership model to facilitate the needs of our community. Our department is committed to providing a safe environment conducive to the goals of education and research.

In partnership with the University community, we unite to prevent crime and solve problems that affect students, faculty and staff. While patrolling our borders is a primary function of FAUPD, we also have programs that are of great benefit to the University and the community at large. Crime Prevention Programs such as Rape Aggression Defense (RAD), Operation Identification, Substance Abuse Education and “Coffee with the Chief”, a program geared toward improving police-citizen relations, are all tools utilized to educate and build relationships at Florida Atlantic University. We have recently implemented the “Owls with COPPS” ; which assigns one police officer to each residential building to serve as a liaison between law enforcement and our resident population. Our newly opened substation located in the heart of the Boca Raton Campus on the Breezeway next to the Bookstore serves as a valuable tool for our department, as we are now able to facilitate some of our services at a location convenient to our student and staff population.

To maintain an effective working relationship with the community and to respond to its needs, the FAUPD is organized into four twelve hour shifts that work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our officers conduct foot, bicycle and vehicle patrols, respond to reports of crimes, and provide information and resources to the community. This information includes many practices, procedures, and safety tips for helping to keep FAU safe. These tips are published annually in safety brochures, safety talks that are conducted by police officers at student orientations, new employee orientations, and other gatherings like our annual “Owls Night out with the Five-O”. Our command staff developed a strategic plan consistent with that of the University’s, detailing our efforts to improve efficiency, technology, quality of service, while setting goals and raising the standards of community engagement.

I encourage all students, faculty, staff and visitors to familiarize yourselves with the resources offered by FAUPD and the innovative technology deployed daily by visiting our website at In doing so, you will be helping us to help you in the pursuit of a safe campus. Feel free to stop by our headquarters located on the Boca Raton campus inside the Campus Operations building (Bldg. 69) to ask any questions about security issues that are important to you.

Thank you for choosing Florida Atlantic University and for partnering with us to prevent crime, and “Go Owls!”


Sean Brammer
Chief of Police, Florida Atlantic University Police Department
Phone: (561) 297-1377