Officer of the Year Rosa Richardson
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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