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10-14-2013, 12:49 PM
Thought everybody would like to see this:

Former Gonzaga point guard becoming SPD officer

SPOKANE, Wash.--A former Gonzaga University basketball player is putting on a new type of a uniform.

Spokane Police Department leaders confirmed that former GU point guard Winston Brooks is becoming a police officer. On Monday, SPD leaders said that Brooks had signed a conditional offer to work for them. Plans call for Brooks to be sworn in on November 11th, 2013.

Brooks, 34, currently works for the Coeur d’Alene Police Department according to SPD officials.

He spent two years as the point guard for Gonzaga. He arrived at Gonzaga in 2000 after attending Howard College (TX) and North Idaho College.

More at link.


Zag 77
10-14-2013, 08:09 PM
Wow, now I really feel old.

10-14-2013, 08:12 PM
ZaGranny, thanks for posting, but it appears the link is missing.

This is older, but a video on when Winston was an officer in Coeur d’Alene. Winston Brooks' journey from Zags Point Guard to Coeur d'Alene Police Officer (https://video.kxly.com/watch.php?id=22555)


10-14-2013, 08:25 PM


11-12-2013, 05:10 PM
Nice Go Zags article on Winston Brooks.


SPOKANE, Wash. – Winston Brooks wore the Bulldog men’s basketball uniform for two seasons from 2002-03, helping Gonzaga University build on what has become one of the most remarkable stories in collegiate annals.

Today, he’s in a different kind of uniform.

Brooks and four others were sworn in Tuesday as Spokane Police Officers in a ceremony held at the Spokane Police Academy with Spokane Police Chief Frank G. Straub, Jr. doing the honors.

On hand for the ceremony was Brooks wife Treasure (daughter Cassie and son Quincy were in school), his mother Charlene Gresham, and brothers Jesse Gresham, Jamar Smith and Joshua Gresham– all of whom now call Spokane home.

A contingent of Gonzaga well wishers were on hand, including athletic director Mike Roth, Associate Athletic Director Steve Hertz, administrative manager/office manager Gayle Clayton, strength and conditioning coach Mike Nilson, men’s basketball operations Jerry Krause and former Bulldog basketball standout John Stockton.

Brooks is ecstatic about joining the SPD.

“I can’t even explain it. It’s an awesome feeling to be able to come back to my home now and serve the community, Brooks said following the ceremony.

The Richmond, Va., native who originally came west to attend North Idaho College and then on to Gonzaga, said a couple of factors played in role in his decision to become a policeman.

“I had a couple of influences. My daughter’s Godfather, Brad Richmond, is a Spokane County detective. He influenced me early on to come back and give back to the community. I met a lot of nice officers and I saw the job they were doing, how they had an influence in the community and I thought I wanted to join that group,” Brooks recalled.

He’s spent the past four years on the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, force across the border from Spokane, and prior to that was a Spokane County juvenile corrections officer for two years.

Brooks said the greatest satisfaction from being an officer is helping people.

Asked about the reaction of his mother and wife when he informed them years ago of his desire to be a cop, he said “she (mother) was happy, kind of nervous; the wife as well. They were both nervous but they know I am safe, competitive and want to go home at night,” he said.

And he will soon go home proudly wearing the uniform of the Spokane Police Department.

Welcome home, Winston.

More at the link.