HAMMOND — Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announced Capt. James “Jim” Richardson as his department's Deputy of the Year. On Jan. 25, Chief Dep. Dennis Pevey presented the award at the annual Law Enforcement Banquet.

Richardson started his career in 1971, when he became a full-time member of the Hammond Fire Department. In 1974, he transferred to the Hammond Police Department, where he served as assistant chief until his retirement in November 1998, a news release said.

Also in 1998, he joined the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, where he serves as captain. Richardson is responsible for the TPSO’s Civil Department, Reserve Unit and Training Unit, and serves on the command staff during all disaster and major emergency responses. He is also the department's range master.

“Capt. Richardson goes above and beyond with training, guidance and the support he offers my deputies,” Edwards said. “Jim is an important member of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, and I believe he is very deserving of this honor. I am proud of his service and his commitment to the mission of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.” 

As to Richardson’s commitment of selfless service, he said it started a long time ago and “it’s all in the family — generation after generation.” Richardson’s father and mentor, Preston A. Richardson, served over 20 years with the State Police. His daughter, Deputy Tracy Eady, son-in law Sgt. John Eady and granddaughter Reserve Deputy Samantha Eady, 21, all serve in the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.