Lieutenant Jerry Millar retires from the Amherst Police Department.
Chief Scott P. Livingstone announced, today, the retirement of Lieutenant Jerry Millar, effective October 10, 2017, after 34 years of service to the police department and the Town of Amherst.
Jerry Millar, a native of Amherst, joined the Amherst Police Department as a special police officer in 1983. He was appointed as a patrol officer on October 1, 1987, and graduated on January 8, 1988, from the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Academy in Agawam, a member of the 10th Municipal Police Officers Class. Millar was assigned to the department’s detective bureau as an investigator in 1991 and again in 1995 as a narcotics investigator. He advanced to the rank of sergeant on January 22, 1997, and was assigned as a patrol supervisor. Millar was then promoted to the rank of lieutenant on August 31, 2011, and was assigned as an operations supervisor. During Lieutenant Millar’s tenure he was the officer in charge of the department’s Crime Scene Unit, and was a member of the Crime Prevention Team and Crisis Intervention Team.
Lieutenant Millar is a graduate of Amherst Regional High School and Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree. During his tenure, Lieutenant Millar distinguished himself by being awarded three Letters of Commendation, the highest honor bestowed by his peers at the Amherst Police Department. In addition, he was awarded two Letter of Merit from the members of the police department. Lieutenant Millar was awarded his first Letter of Commendation for professionalism in the line of duty for his actions, while on patrol, which led to the arrest of three individuals and solved four burglaries that occurred on January 3, 1989. Due to the skilled manner in which he handled the incident valuable property was recovered and led to the conviction of two defendants. He received a second Letter of Commendation for arresting a suspect in an armed robbery, in which firearms and a collection of gold coins were stolen, that occurred in December 1989. This arrest led to the capture of two additional suspects and the recovery of property and weapons. The three suspects were apprehended, convicted and jailed. In August 1996, Lieutenant Millar was awarded a Letter of Merit, for his diligence in combating drug problems within the Town of Amherst and throughout Western Massachusetts, as a narcotics detective. Lieutenant Millar received a third Letter of Commendation for his courage, professionalism, and leadership in the line of duty for his response to a reported shooting which resulted in a murder on December 7, 2004. He was credited with immediately securing the crime scene and protecting vital physical evidence. Lieutenant Millar received a Letter of Merit for the outstanding teamwork he demonstrated which led to the apprehension of a suspect who had broken into five houses on Christmas morning, December 25, 2011, and stolen over fifty Christmas presents. In addition, Lieutenant Millar was awarded a Letter of Merit for his leadership, valor and sound judgement in response to a double shooting of two men, one of them fatally on October 15, 2016.
“Lieutenant Millar has been a dedicated member of the Amherst Police Department for 34 years” said Chief of Police Scott P. Livingstone. “His professional demeanor, strong work ethic, knowledge and loyalty exemplify everything that is great about this agency. He was a role model for younger officers, a valued colleague and close friend who will be truly missed.”
Jerry Millar is the son of the late James and Jean Millar of Amherst. He resides in Belchertown with his wife Lisa and two children, Lucas and Julie.