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Posted on: May 4, 2021

Victoria Police Department announces retirement, military commission

Side-by-side portrait of men in police uniform

Sgt. Herschel Buck retired from the Victoria Police Department on April 28 after a 23-year career in law enforcement. Buck graduated from the Victoria College Police Academy as class president and valedictorian in 1998 and began his career with the Yoakum Police Department the same year. Sergeant Buck joined the Victoria Police Department on May 7, 2001, as a patrol officer. He also served as a motor officer and acting sergeant in the Traffic Safety Unit before he was assigned to Investigations in 2015 as the sergeant for Persons Crimes and the Auto Theft Task Force. 

Senior Patrol Officer Jon DeLaRosa graduated from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School on April 9 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Texas Army National Guard. He was assigned to the field artillery branch, where he will serve as either a platoon leader or a staff officer. DeLaRosa has been a Victoria Police Department officer since 2014 and has served as a field training officer and as a member of the SWAT team. Before his law enforcement career, he was an aviation ordnance technician with the United States Marine Corps, and he was deployed to Afghanistan from November 2009 to 2010 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Two police officers present one police officer with a plaquePHOTO #1: Victoria Police Chief Robert Arredondo, left, and Capt. Caleb Breshears, right, present Sgt. Herschel Buck with a plaque April 27 recognizing his service to the police department during a luncheon celebrating his retirement in the classroom of the Victoria Police Department building.

2 police officers hold a canvas print with a thin blue line flag, the name Buck and a uniformed manPHOTO #2: Lt. Jason Turner, on behalf of Investigations, presents Sgt. Herschel Buck with a canvas print featuring his radio call sign, S-6, during an April 27 luncheon celebrating his retirement in the classroom of the Victoria Police Department building.

Several uniformed police officers stand together. A man in the middle holds a metal police badge.PHOTO #3: The Victoria Police Department Investigations Unit presents Sgt. Herschel Buck with his motor badge during an April 27 luncheon celebrating his retirement in the classroom of the Victoria Police Department building. Shown from left are Det. Brian Fulton, Capt. Caleb Breshears, Det. Melissa Rendon, Sgt. Buck, Det. Amy Grothe, Det. Kelly Gibbs, Det. Steven Castaneda, Det. Thomas Broadus and Lt. Jason Turner.

A man in a U.S. Army uniform stands outside with a large brick building and people in the backgroundPHOTO #4: Victoria Police Department Senior Patrol Officer Jon DeLaRosa poses for a photo April 9 at his graduation from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Ga.

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