SPOKANE, Wash.--A former Gonzaga University basketball player was one of five people sworn in as a Spokane Police Department officer on Tuesday.
The former GU point guard Winston Brooks signed a conditional offer to work for them according to SPD leaders.
“Winston has been on both sides of the fence. He grew up in some hard times. He pulled through it and became a wonderful family man. He's a great member of our community and a terrific officer,” said former NBA star John Stockton.
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Brooks, 34, worked general patrol for the Coeur d’Alene Police Department according to SPD officials.
“I want to retire from here. I think the chief is doing a great job. The community is responding to it, and I want to be a part of that,” said Brooks.
Chief Straub said he could not be more excited to have the former point guard on his side. He said he is confident Winston’s leadership skills will translate from one squad to another.
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.
The Virginia native came off the bench in 13 of the first 14 games of the 2001-2002 season with Gonzaga before fracturing his wrist. He returned later in the season and was cleared to play in the NCAA Tournament First Round, but did not see action.