An Independent Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker with Maxwell Leadership Certified Team.

About Renee Richardson

As a Maxwell Leadership Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker, I can offer you workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching, aiding your personal and professional growth through study and practical application of John’s proven leadership methods. Working together, I will move you and/or your team or organization in the desired direction to reach your goals.

I am an Indigenous woman from the Muskogee/Creek Nation.  Upon my retirement as Manager of the Crime Analysis Unit of the Richmond Police Department, I decided to start a business utilizing my multifaceted skills in Leadership Development, Crime Analysis (strategic, administrative, tactical), as well as, Intelligence, Investigative, Social Network Analysis, and Case/Project Research. I have partnered with a colleague with an expertise in grant writing and management, public safety training, public speaking, event planning and fund raising to establish the Four Directions Consulting business.  The goal of 4 Directions to is provide leadership development and public safety training to businesses and communities utilizing a four-step approach to success. 

After the development of Four Directions, I felt I needed to develop a non-profit to assist the North American Indigenous Nations in obtaining funding for projects to assist the Indigenous people.  Three Sisters is a project from the heart.  It started as a project to honor my late husband, Danny Richardson, a member of the Haliwa- Saponi Tribe in North Carolina.

I retired from the City of Richmond Police Department in January 2023 with 30 years of service. Spent my final 15 years as the supervisor for the Crime Analysis Unit. The Unit had a staff of nine analysts, one for each Precinct, Special Investigations Division, Special Operations Division, Major Crimes Division, and a National Guard Analyst as part of a police and military partnership. The success of the Unit was the ability to handle increases in workload, as well as the ability to proactively identify crime patterns and series to assist in the investigations and clearance of cases. 

Under my leadership, the Analysts were cross trained to prevent lapses in analysis needed from executive staff, while maintaining their specialty areas of analysis. This resulted in receiving many accolades and awards for work on notable crimes such as the Golden Years Killer, the Grand-dad Bandit, and the Harvey family/ Baskerville Family Killers.

 The Richmond Crime Analysis is considered one of the premiere Crime Analysis Units in the Country.  Visited by law enforcement agencies across the county to learn how to establish a successful Crime Analysis Unit.

 In 2005, 2006, 2011, 2014, and 2015 I received the “Department Citation” acknowledging excellence in leadership, dedication to duty, and excellence in service and support to the Richmond Police Department. Under my command, the entire unit received the “Unit Citation” in 2006, 2010 and 2018 for its outstanding contribution to the Department.  I also received in 2008 and 2018 the “Chief’s Citation” for outstanding contribution to the Richmond Police Department as determined by the Chief of Police. Renee has been a part of several projects, grants, and taskforces to include the “Golden Years Task Force”, “Cooperative Violence Reduction Partnership” (Re-Branded in 2011 to “Crime Sweep”) which was a finalist for the Webber Seavey award in 2007 and the Gang Resilience and Innovative Partnerships (GRIP) that won the Webber Seavey Award in 2009. In 2011, The United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia awarded me a “Public Service Award” for the work on the Michael Mara Case, (aka: Granddad Bandit, Bank Robber), who pled guilty to 26 bank robberies in 15 states.

Myself and the team played an integral role in the daily deployment of resources, intelligence-led policing, and evidence-based policing. We partnered with Virginia Commonwealth University on Social Network Analysis, as well as George Mason University (Dr. Lum) on Evidence Based Policing and Case of Place. Recognizing a need, I organized and Chaired the Metro Richmond Intel Sharing Project. This project enabled the sharing of intelligence among the four agencies in the Metro Richmond Area via a Memorandum of Understanding and policy/procedures in intel sharing and connecting of networks maintaining 28CFR23 compliance.

In 2016 to build the communication between the Metro Richmond Agency analysts, I started having “Mini Retreats” to foster communication and partnerships between the agencies. Guest speakers were brought in to talk on various topics related to crime analysis and to assist in the professional development of the analysts.

As a subject matter expert, I have trained sworn and civilian analyst in LexisNexis Accurint Crime Analysis, Intelligence Software, HIDTA Case Explorer, and Veritracks.  I was a guest presenter at the International Association of Crime Analysts as a subject matter expert on  Social Network Analysis, Intelligence Led Policing & Managing Offsite Crime Analysts, Inter-Police Agency Mapping Analysis & Intelligence, and Research Practitioner Partnerships.

In 2021, I sought to become certified in Leadership Development.  She completed coursework and became a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Team Member in 2022. She was able to successfully utilize her knowledge by conducting the first Leadership Development Training for the Richmond Police Department sworn/civilian personnel.  This much sought after training led to her newly formed consulting group obtaining their first contract to conduct continual training to the Richmond Police Department.

I was also a part of the Richmond Police Media Relations Team.  There I wrote many articles for the internal newsletter “On the Scene” and was one of the photographers for the department.  During my five year tenure there, she was able to organize and manage a variety of special events, to include a large scale National Night Out event that was attended by the Governor of Virginia Mark Warner.  She also organized Cop on Top of the Donut Shop, that raised a significant amount of money for Special Olympics. 

Honoring my heritage, I was able to organize and participate in the first Cultural Diversity Event in November 2022, which is National Native American Heritage Month.  Attended by tribes from across Virginia, participants enjoyed music by Yapatoko – a Native American Drum Group led by Prenell Richardson (Haliwa-Saponi) of which Renee is a singing member.  During the event, attendees were shown native regalia, heard a variety of native songs, learned a variety of dances and their sacred meanings.  Attendees were also able to join in a native friendship dance holding hands signifying unity.  This event was covered by local news media and gained the attention of a variety of agencies who asked for the event or one like it to be organized.

Contact Me. I am looking forward to assisting you on your journey to increased personal growth and greater leadership success.