HOLMBERG: Richmond police chief talks about his tenure, and his future

Posted at 11:37 PM, Aug 09, 2012

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR)- It’s been almost four years since former mayor L. Douglas Wilder hired Bryan Norwood to be Richmond’s police chief just as the new mayor, Dwight Jones, was elected.

It was an unusual and ungallant move, not allowing the new mayor to hire his own chief.

But Norwood’s first four years has been largely successful, with violent crime, in general,  steadily declining as the city’s renewal has continued, despite the sagging economy.

Norwood, who has been in law enforcement for nearly a quarter-century,  is often seen in the communities, but he rarely talks to the media or gets involved in politics.

He is the quiet chief, short in stature but wearing an extra-large shirt. He’s an avid martial artist who has recently gotten into serious bicycling.

But for most of his adult life, he has been an avid motorcyclist, owning a series of Harley-Davidsons and other machines.

Norwood went for a motorcycle ride with CBS-6’s Mark Holmberg, and talked about a variety of subjects and challenges he has faced during his time in Richmond.

He answers why he’s so quiet and why he would love to stay in Richmond.

Watch the video here, only on CBS-6.