MANSFIELD -- Detective Richard L. Miller has announced his retirement from the Mansfield Police Department, effective Aug. 1.
"Rich's retirement represents a loss to the Mansfield Division of Police, the citizens of this community and culminates a career that has exemplified the greatest qualities of a law enforcement professional," said Mansfield Police Chief Keith Porch. "Rich has our congratulations upon his retirement and our heartfelt thanks for his many years of service.
"We wish him the greatest success and happiness in the future."
Miller was appointed to the department on Aug. 17, 1991. As a new patrol officer, he was assigned to the Community Services Bureau Patrol Section until his transfer to the Special Investigative Section/METRICH. On May 5, 2015, he worked in the Special Operations Bureau Detective Section Major Crimes Unit. In this department he earned the Detective of the Year honor in 2016.
Among Miller's Division Awards, Special Commendation Awards, letters of recognition, letter of appreciation from citizens and fellow law enforcement personnel, he was awarded the Officer of the Year in 1993 and again in 2001.
Miller served as Commander of the the SWAT Team, Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, and worked on the Department's Honor/Color Guard.
"He is known for his hard work, dedication, initiative and positive attitude toward his co-workers," Porch said. "He consistently demonstrated a high degree of skill, integrity and perseverance in his job."
A farewell reception for Miller is slated for July 31 at 1 p.m. in Mansfield City Council chambers.