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NYPD's top spokesman, voice on stories such as subway station bomb plot, hired by Notre Dame

The chief spokesman for the New York Police Department on big stories such as the failed 2010 Times Square car-bombing has landed a job at the University of Notre Dame.

Paul Browne was named Thursday as the university's vice president for public affairs. He'll start Aug. 19.

Browne has been the voice of the nation's largest police department for more than a decade. He's also been a close adviser to police Commissioner Raymond Kelly during a period of record declines in serious crime and when the NYPD was criticized for its secret surveillance of Muslims, a program detailed in a series of stories by The Associated Press.

Critics have accused Browne of duplicity in his defense of the program. But Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have called him tireless and trustworthy.

Notre Dame's president say Browne is highly qualified.

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