A tough exterior with a heart for his community.
25 years ago, Michael Brown of Breaux Bridge placed his first badge over his heart. Since then, he has been diligently working with the Lafayette Police Department to help people, especially those who think they don’t have a voice.
“As a police officer your job is to not only find proof that someone committed a crime but to also prove they didn’t if they are innocent,” Brown said. That statement speaks volumes to his fair and just character.
The one piece of advice Brown would give to the community is to always be aware of your surroundings. “Never take for granted that because you know where you are, you are safe. It only takes a minute to stop and observe,” he advised.
As for those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, Brown admitted that the job can be demanding and stressful. “The friends you have now might not be your friends after you put on the badge. People change and so will you,” he stated honestly.
When not at work, Brown is usually at home catching up on several of his favorite shows with his wife of 27 years, Antoinette, four daughters and canine companion. He humbly helps care for his mother, Catherine Brown, and grandfather, Amos Johnson (103 years old!).
“My motto has always been ‘Each one teach one and we’ll all know more,’” Brown said. A fitting motto for this boy in blue.
Positive People Making Decisions
Community involvement has always been a major part of what Brown has done as a police officer and private citizen. He started a nonprofit organization called Positive People Making Decisions. Its goal is to help recognize at risk youth who had behavioral, self-esteem or academic problems.
This program, with the help of several Lafayette Parish Schools, rewards students who show improvement in one or all categorizes. The student receives a plaque in the presence of his/ her peers along with family, friends and a guest speaker.