Title: Sergeant, Academy Instructor
Company: Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
Location: Millington, TN United States
Coming from a family with a military background, Andrea Richardson decided to follow in their footsteps and pursue a career in law enforcement. She is passionate about helping others, and with her patience and calming personality, the profession was a natural fit. Ms. Richardson currently brings 28 years of experience to her role as a sergeant and academy instructor for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee. Her responsibilities include teaching new recruits and staff with a focus on domestic violence, child abuse, hand-to-hand combat, and defensive tactics. She also oversees the jail side, administrative duties, purchasing, curriculum, and procurement.
In the beginning of her career, Ms. Richardson was mentored and inspired by Chief Iris Jones, who she considers instrumental to her success. Chief Jones was the one who taught her the ins and outs of law enforcement as a woman. Ms. Richardson was also inspired by her good friend, Sergeant Sherry Adams. She loves her job, and is proud of her ability to handle situations and teach others what she knows. As a testament to her hard work and accomplishments, Ms. Richardson received a Merit Award from the department, and an award and recognition for being Officer of the Quarter.
To prepare for her professional endeavors, Ms. Richardson earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and hopes to pursue a master’s degree in the future. She would also like to work within the FBI Leader Program as an instructor someday. When Ms. Richardson isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, fishing, and walking her dogs. Furthermore, she is a current board member for the Southwest University Curriculum for Criminal Justice, and an honored member of The International Women’s Leadership Association. Ms. Richardson wants to be remembered for being honest, patient, personable, and level-headed.
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