BENJAMIN F. BROOKSSenior Consultant/Trainer, NewPoint Strategies LLC
Benjamin F. Brooks is a Senior Consultant and Trainer for NewPoint Strategies LLC. He served on the NewPoint team for the NY/NJ Port Authority to provide training in Harassment Prevention and Diversity to the police force. He is currently the lead on police training for “de-escalation” in minority communities. He is a retired Major of the Pennsylvania State Police, Management Consultant, and Founder of Major Ben’s Consulting Agency, specializing in providing assistance to companies to more effectively implement their Cultural Diversity programs. His specific areas of expertise include: A Unique approach to Understanding , Valuing and Managing Diversity, Dealing with Difficult People, Policing Your Image, Preventing Sexual Harassment in The Workplace, Stress Management, and Workplace Violence. As a former licensed Private Investigator, with three decades of experience, he has a keen awareness of sensitive workplace issues.
Brooks is a native of Elizabethtown, North Carolina. In 1979, he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He completed the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Management Training Program for Senior Managers, the FBI National Academy, Pennsylvania State University Police Supervisor In-service Training, and Police Executive Development Program. He is certified by the U.S. Department of Justice for Diversity Training.
Brooks’ yearning for social justice led him to enlist in the Pennsylvania State Police in 1961. He was one of the first African-Americans in the history of the State Police. Ben rose through the ranks to become the first African-American Captain/Troop Commander. In 1987, Brooks became the first enlisted member of the Pennsylvania State Police to head the Affirmative Action/Contract Compliance Division. In that capacity, he developed the State Police’s Sexual Harassment policy and training program, and redefined the concept of Affirmative Action, and its relationship to cultural diversity. He joined a multi-agency task force which was responsible for training Police and Corrections Departments throughout Pennsylvania in the Ethnic Intimidation laws relating to hate crimes.
Brooks has appeared on “About the Law,” a program at WHAG-TV an NBC affiliate, Hagerstown, Maryland on “Affirmative Action In Law Enforcement”, and “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.”
Brooks is a member of the National Speakers Association, American Seminar Leaders Association, Dale Carnegie Group, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. (NOBLE). He is a published author (Human Resources strategies that work).