How One Police Chief is Seeing RJ Produce Compelling Results
Police Chief Richardson's presentation at the recent and annually-held NW Justice Forum focused mainly on RJ from a Police standpoint. He understands that without a commonality and consistency in the practices of each agency (i.e. schools, police and the courts) we will not see success in our goal to provide effective restorative justice to the youth of our community. Also it is important for juvenile offenders to want to improve themselves and their futures; it is our duty to foster that desire though positive interactions.
Police Chief Bob Richardson was appointed as the Battle Ground (WA) Police Chief in January 2011 and currently oversees a staff of 22 commissioned officers and 4 professional staff.
Chief Richardson worked for the Irvine Police Department for 30 years, starting as a police officer and rising through the ranks as a sergeant, lieutenant and commander. Prior to working for the Irvine Police Department, Richardson served as a military police officer in the U.S. Army for three years.
He has a wide range of law enforcement experience including patrol, field training officer, traffic officer, crime analyst, criminal investigations, planning, research and training, crime prevention, emergency management and SWAT.
Chief Richardson obtained his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from California State University in Long Beach, California and a Master's of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He has also attended the Supervisory Leadership Institute hosted by California State University Long Beach, the administrative officer's course hosted by the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Kentucky.
Chief Richardson is also an active member of many boards and commissions throughout Clark County, WA including the Clark County Public Health Advisory Council, the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency Board of Directors, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), Prevent Together Coalition, Law Enforcement and Autism Community Network and she currently serves as the Chair of the Clark/ Skamania County Law Enforcement Council.