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Officer of the Year Rosa Richardson

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Lea County Correctional Facility

There are two words that best describe Officer Richardson, loyalty and dedication. Officer Richardson is one of the most dependable Officers we have at LCCF. She can be counted on to never miss a day of work and comes in regularly for overtime to assist the opposite shift, particularly in times of need. Over the years, Officer Richardson has experienced and seen a lot at LCCF. As we all know, when LCCF first opened its doors in 1998, it was one of the most violent facilities in New Mexico. Officer Richardson witnessed a lot of turmoil in the early years, and was often the first to respond to the scene and to take control of the situation. She remains the only correctional Officer from Class #3, a true testament of her loyalty to LCCF. Officer Richardson is a veteran correctional officer starting her career in 1998, graduating in the 3rd academy class for LCCF. After almost 14 years at LCCF, there are very few inmates that Officer Richardson doesn’t know. Due to her ability to communicate with the inmate population, they display great respect towards her. With that said, it is noted that her experience and knowledge of the inmate population is beneficial to the facility and to her supervisors. Officer Richardson has worked in every post at LCCF on numerous occasions. However, she mainly works in Central Control, which is considered one of the most hectic assignments on shift.

Officer Richardson takes pride in everything she does and never hesitates to take the initiative. Officer Richardson sets the standard for dependability from the moment she steps into the facility. Officer Richardson also has the ability to identify unusual situations when dealing with the inmate population. She has been known to alert her supervisors if she sees something that “just isn’t right”. This skill comes from years of experience. Officer Richardson has shown dedication to her fellow officers and supervisors and promptly handles any task assigned to her. Officer Richardson can be called on by any staff for assistance, whether it is classification, education, training or any other department. Officer Richardson is very respected by everyone she deals with, be it staff, inmates or supervisors. Officer Richardson is direct and honest when it comes to communicating with her fellow staff members in regards to her daily duties. If there is something that needs to be addressed she does not hesitate to let you know. This is one of the reasons she is well respected. This is not to say Officer Richardson is not without a friendly side. Ask anyone who has worked with Officer Richardson and they will tell you, she likes to talk about cooking, her travels to see her family and let’s not forget she loves to talk about her luck at the casino.

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