RPD honors late Al Perez for legacy of community service

RPD honors late Al Perez for legacy of community service
Al Perez with Richmond police Chief Bisa French. (Photos courtesy of the RPD.)

The Richmond Police Department (RPD) is paying tribute to Al Perez, a longtime community leader and volunteer who died following a longterm illness on Friday, April 26.

Perez served for many years as president of the RPD’s Crime Prevention Executive Board, working to foster positive relationships between the police and community.

Perez and his wife, Karla, logged countless hours organizing events, like National Night Out, Coffee with a Cop, as well as in support of the city’s Crime-Free Multi-Housing Program. In August last year during National Night Out, the RPD honored Perez’ years of service with a lifetime achievement award.

Perez also volunteered at the annual Richmond Fire and Police Toy Holiday Program. He and his wife gained a reputation for being the first to arrive and the last to leave community events, setting up tables and supporting police staff. Their children, Madisen and Al junior, often joined them in their efforts.

The Perez family.

Perez was also described as a loving father and devoted friend who mentored watch group leaders.

“Al was known for his caring and helpful nature, always ready with a joke and a jovial spirit,” RPD officials stated, adding, “It would be challenging to find a better example of community service.”

The RPD described the loss of Perez as leaving “a significant void in our hearts.” It took solace in knowing his friendship and service will not be forgotten.

The department offered one final message about the enduring legacy of Perez:

“The Richmond Police Department and the City of Richmond officially recognize Al’s service to the Crime Prevention Program, the Richmond Police Department, and the residents of Richmond. This record will be entered into history of the Richmond Police Department. Job well done, Al. We will take it from here.”