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Officers secure school events, work closely with Buchanan

Photo by Bryce Owen ’17 | Officers Brian Ross and Steve Mulligan of the Phoenix Police Department speak to Mr. Buchanan after a basketball game Feb. 21. Mr. Ross and Mulligan both secure many Brophy sporting events during the fall, winter, and spring sports seasons.

By Matthew Zacher ’18
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Brian Ross, an officer with the Phoenix Police Department, has been securing Brophy after school events for 10 years.

These events include everything from football and basketball games to auctions and school dances.

“Whenever they need off-duty police officers, they will contact us,” he said.

Mr. Ross said that he started out working Brophy events because of his friendship with head football coach Mr. Scooter Molander.

“I went to one of the football games Scooter’s first year coaching,” he said. “I saw a couple police officers working on the sideline, and I thought the view was better there.”

Mr. Ross asked to be a part of their team, and, 10 years later, he is leading it.

Campus Security Director Mr. John Buchanan said that when he needs some officers for an event, he calls Officer Ross.

“I get along very well with them [the officers],” Mr. Buchanan said. “If I didn’t, I would get others, because I have to work closely with them and have a good working relationship with them.”

Mr. Ross said that he has known Mr. Buchanan for a while.

“He actually taught Sgt. Steve Mulligan and I 23 years ago,” he said. “Mr. B is like a traffic law expert. He is very knowledgeable when it comes to traffic law and he taught at the academy 23 years ago for a week, so he was our instructor for a week at the academy.”

Mr. Ross said that he enjoys coming to the varsity basketball games.

“The atmosphere at the games are second to none,” he said. “I have gotten to know a lot of the parents, a lot of the players, and a lot of the fans and I look forward each week to coming to a different Brophy sporting event.”