RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It's Black History Month and NBC12 is taking the time to honor some our local community leaders.
Richmond Police Chief Bryan Norwood works hard to make the City of Richmond safer. We sat down with him to ask about how he's carving out a place in Richmond's black history.
Norwood is one of the youngest chiefs in Richmond history. That alone is one for the record books, but this future black history maker is just getting started when it comes to fighting crime and leaving a legacy here in the City of Richmond.
"We've really forged strong partnerships that are making the community better," Norwood said. "We're enhancing our swat team. We're enhancing our mounted unit. We're having young officers with new opportunities to do things they've never done before."
In his two years as chief, Norwood is proud that Richmond has the lowest violent crime numbers since the city began recording the numbers.
He hopes that his leadership will inspire others to achieve greatness and make a difference in their community as he has.
"Everyone has a moment in time where they decided, or it's decided for you, what you're going to do with your life. Pay attention to that moment and then don't look back," he said.
Being labeled as a future black history maker is humbling for Chief Norwood, a title he's thankful for and takes on responsibly.
Norwood also says he has a lot left to do for the city. The department is trying to do more with less but he says it continues to be strong through partnerships with organizations in the community.