Richard J. Brown for over fourteen years has facilitated Hope and Hard Work, a weekly community meeting bringing together community members with city and county resources. He is tireless in his attitude and work to reach solutions concerning neighborhoods with problems affected by criminal activity. He led a foot patrol for eighteen months, five hours a night, seven days a week, which reduced crime in an inner northeast neighborhood.
Mr. Brown is one of the original members of the Portland Police Bureau Chief’s Forum, originated under then-chief Tom Potter. Richard was chosen to be the Mayor’s appointee, a position he continues to hold. Young people and their safety are of particular interest to Mr. Brown and he is passionate and consistent in his focus to bring youth issues to the attention of government, police, and the community-at-large.
His community involvements include Albina Head Start and Albina Early Head Start; the Portland Citizens Crime Commission, and he volunteers at the Blazers Boys and Girls Club. Richard Brown finds the time to facilitateMultnomahCounty’s African American Program for men and women on parole or probation. He has served on the advisory boards for theNortheast Community Courtand the Oregon Police Corps. As an instructor with theWesternCommunityPolicingCenterhe has taken the philosophy of Community Policing throughout the region and beyond.