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Det. Chris Millard Retires
Today was Det. Chris Millard’s last day at the EPPD after serving the city for 28 years. During his tenure, Det. Millard served as a patrol officer, SWAT team member and Use of Force Instructor, in addition to working as an investigator for the last ten years.
At his retirement event this afternoon, Chief Weber awarded Det. Millard with the department’s Career Achievement Award. Here is an excerpt from the award:
During his career, Det. Millard was known for his tenacity, hard work and professionalism. He treated both victims and suspects with dignity and respect, and a result, earned their cooperation and trust. One example of that occurred in 2003 when Det. Millard and two other officers received a letter from a domestic abuse victim, thanking them for encouraging her to leave her abusive husband. She stated that she took their advice, made smart choices, left her husband and got a two–year restraining order against him.
In 2005, Det. Millard received a Commendation Award for showing bravery, courage and composure while responding to a call of a suicidal man with a gun. While the man was holding a gun to himself, Det. Millard worked quickly to protect the other officers on the call and de-escalate the situation. The man shot himself and Det. Millard administered first aid while encouraging him and showing compassion.
In 2017, Det. Millard was working on a homicide case and needed to interview the teenage child of the suspect and the teen’s mother. Det. Millard stayed in touch with them after the interview and throughout the court proceedings. Later, the mother wrote a letter to the department praising Det. Millard for his professionalism and compassion, stating that, “Words simply aren’t enough to show the breadth of the impact he’s had on us.”
The EPPD would like to thank Det. Millard for his 28 years of dedication to our community. We wish him all the best in his retirement.