Sergeant and Community Engagement Officer Baron Brown of the Ferndale Police Department has been recognized as a 2018 Diversity Champion through the Race Relations and Diversity Task Force.
Each year, the Task Force, sponsored by The Community House of Birmingham, Mich., invites businesses, nonprofits, public agencies, and faith organizations in the metro Detroit area to nominate an individual for Diversity Champion recognition. A Diversity Champion is a person who works to create a significant impact on others, and helps to ensure that all people feel included and empowered in the shared endeavors of his or her organization as well as in the larger community.
Citizens for a Fair Ferndale (CFF) nominated Sgt. Brown as their choice for this year’s Diversity Champion. Brown sits on the CFF’s Ferndale Inclusion Network steering committee and, according to the organization, has been a dynamic advocate for transparency and inclusion in the police department and throughout the Ferndale community.
“Sgt. Brown has been instrumental in guiding our mission and facilitating presentations by the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion and the ACLU of Michigan,” said CFF in their official nomination writeup. “He has worked in Ferndale for 31 years, 23 of those with the police department as an officer and a sergeant, and he’s an incredible force within our community.”
The Task Force says that all Diversity Champions are expected to act as the conscience and embody the ideals of their organization, envision new ways of inclusion, be a doer whose actions speak of respect for others, be an advocate who speaks out against insensitivity and prejudice, and more.
Brown and his fellow 2018 Diversity Champions were honored at a reception—the 19th Annual Diversity Champion Honor Role—on May 3, 2018, at The Community House.
“It was an absolute honor . . . very cool,” said Brown of his recognition. “Nothing I do is in a vacuum; I wouldn’t be able to focus on these issues without the support of my team, especially that of our police administration. It’s a community effort, in every way.”