Richard Dixon began his law enforcement career in 1986 as a special response officer for Plant Vogtle, a nuclear generating plant in Waynesboro, Georgia. Dixon went on to join the staff of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol officer later moving on to investigations. Dixon also served as one of the Crime Suppression Team members of the Sheriff’s office in 1996 and then served as a K-9 handler. During his tenure with the Sheriff’s Office, Dixon worked on the SWAT team from 1992 to 2003, holding positions of element leader and sniper.
In 2003, Dixon joined the GPSTC staff as the in-service coordinator for the Basic Training Division of the Augusta Regional Police Academy. Three years later he was promoted to supervisor at the GPSTC Regional Police Academy in Athens. In 2007, Richard was again promoted to manager of the Augusta Regional Police Academy and later went on to manage the regional academies in both Dalton and Athens.
Dixon has accrued more than 3000 hours of law enforcement training and holds instructor certifications in firearms, defensive tactics, EVOC and ethics. In addition, Dixon has worked for HSS International for 8 years, teaching defensive tactics to various agencies in 42 states, Puerto Rico and to the Mounted patrol in Vancouver, Canada. Richard has co-authored the Student Control Tactics manual, which has been implemented by the Regional Police Academy system in Georgia.
Dixon has been married to Chris Boyd Dixon for 32 years. They have four sons ranging in ages from 15 to 28. Dixon is an accomplished song writer and has penned more than 25 songs. Dixon is also in the process of writing a book on the phenomenon of “suicide by cop,” which should be complete within the next two years.