Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Longtime Duval Law Officer 'A Great Guy' to Ex-Colleagues; He Ran the Blending of a Communications System after Consolidation

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Longtime Duval Law Officer 'A Great Guy' to Ex-Colleagues; He Ran the Blending of a Communications System after Consolidation

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Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR

Millard P. Richardson Jr., who was the third highest-ranking officer in the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office when he retired after about 33 years in 1988, died at home Sunday of heart failure. He was 75.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hardage-Giddens Mandarin Funeral Home, 11801 San Jose Blvd. A graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Oaklawn Cemetery.

"M.P. was one of the hardest-working policemen that I ever knew," said former Jacksonville Undersheriff John Nelson, who worked with Mr. Richardson as part of the police management team in the administration of the late Sheriff Dale Carson. "He was so committed to law enforcement that he would work all the time. He was just a great guy."

Nelson said Mr. Richardson was "a great help to Sheriff Carson and me in building a unified department after consolidation."

One of Mr. Richardson's areas of expertise was police communications, Nelson said, and he was responsible for combining the old systems used by the Jacksonville Police Department and the Sheriff's Office into a model unified system copied by police administrators across the world.

A native of Cross City, Mr. Richardson grew up in Jacksonville and graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 1951.

He began his police career in 1954 with the old city department. He advanced through the ranks and by 1967 was a lieutenant. …

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