Roger A. Richards
Roger Richards currently serves as the Executive Director of the Southwestern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission/ASSIST Mobile Team Unit#14. Director Richards has served in this position since October 1999. Prior to assuming this position he served as Police Chief of the City of Fairview Heights, a position he held for 21 years.
Director Richards began his law enforcement career in 1966 as a Military Policeman in the U. S. Army, serving until his honorable discharge in 1968. In 1971, he was employed as a Police Officer for the City of Fairview Heights, serving a total of 28 years. During his employment with Fairview Heights, he held the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Chief of Police.
Director Richards attended Southwestern Illinois College (BAC) where he obtained an Associate of Arts Degree in 1972. He attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1976. Director Richards is also a graduate of the 99th Session of the FBI National Academy.
Director Richards maintains many Professional Associations, including memberships with the Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI National Academy Associates of Illinois and Eastern Missouri.
Director Richards served as President of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (1986), President of the Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association (1984), and as President of the FBI National Academy Associates of the Eastern District of Missouri. He has also served on numerous Boards and Commissions during his career, some of the more notable are; Governor Thompson and Governor Edgar appointed member of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority serving from 1987 to 1999. Member and Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Greater St. Louis Area Major Case Squad, Illinois Law Enforcement Representative of the St. Louis Area BackStoppers Association, and as a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Committee.