FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The commander of the Springfield Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Captain David Millsap, will retire from the department on Jan. 25 after 22 years of service to the City of Springfield.
During his time with the Springfield Police Department, Millsap has served in a variety of leadership roles. Including assignments as a Patrol Division commander, Criminal Investigations Section commander, Special Investigations Section commander, Traffic Section commander and as the department’s training director from 2001-2005.
For most of past seven years, Millsap has served as a commander in criminal investigations. He has had overall command of 70 homicide investigations and has been at the forefront of the department’s increased efforts to address domestic violence. Millsap led the effort to establish the Family Violence Task Force in 2012 and served as its first chairman. A Victims Memorial Garden brick was dedicated by The Victim Center in honor of Millsap for his work with crime victims in 2010.
In addition to the Family Violence Task Force, Millsap serves on the Board of Directors of Ozarks Fighting Back and is the law enforcement liaison for the Ozarks Chapter of American Society of Industrial Security. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Forensic Examiners Registered Investigators and is currently the president of the Missouri State Investigators Association. Millsap is an adjunct instructor in criminal justice and leadership development at both Drury University and Evangel University.
“I’m sorry to see Capt. Millsap retire and leave the SPD early, but I’m encouraged by the fact that he is not stepping away from law enforcement and is simply moving on while seeking to serve in another capacity,” Chief Paul Williams said. “David is an accomplished investigator and commander who has shepherded our Criminal Investigations Division through a period of reorganization, and increasing success in solving crimes. He has helped position us well for the future—and certainly worked hard over the years to leave his mark on the SPD.”
Millsap’s days in law enforcement did not start in Springfield, though. Prior to joining the Springfield Police Department, Millsap served as a deputy juvenile officer in 26th Circuit Court and as a reserve deputy sheriff in Laclede County. He has bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice administration and broadcasting and film from Central Missouri State University, and he earned a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Tiffin University. Millsap is also a graduate of both Northwestern University’s Police Staff and Command College and the Senior Management Institute for Police.
Photo of Captain David Millsap
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Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
Release authorized by: Chief Paul Williams