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One of Albemarle's First Police Officers Retires After 31 Years

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Corporal Kanie "Ken" Richardson Corporal Kanie "Ken" Richardson
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

One of the Albemarle County Police Department's first officers will hand in his badge and gun Monday after 31-years on duty.

Corporal Kanie "Ken" Richardson was one of five original officers when the county created a police department in 1983.  He says at the time they covered badges from other departments with tinfoil and wrote "Albemarle" across them and officers bought their own gear.

Through the years Richardson never took a desk job; he has put on the uniform to patrol the streets his entire career.

“You have to have it in your heart and you have to want it. You have to want to help the people. You have to like where you live, and most of all love your job…and I do. I've loved my job for those 31 years,” he stated.

Richardson is the last of the original officers still working. One of his coworkers calls him the "oldest rookie" because he's always the first one on duty and the last to leave. But he is leaving Monday night after 31 years on the force, his shift ended at 5:00 p.m.

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