Congratulations are in order for members of the Victoria Police Department.

There are many ways to offer our thanks to the men and women who are a part of our community that chose to serve and protect each of us.

One way is to join the VPD in the acknowledgments that they hold dear, which recently included the retirement of one of our officers who has served our community for 23 years as well as recognition for a young officer who serves not only our community but our nation as well.

Today the City of Victoria, along with our Victoria Police Department released several photos of both recognitions.

Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria and VPD

In the photo above, the Victoria Police Department Investigations Unit presents Sgt. Herschel Buck with his motor badge during an April 27 luncheon. 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.

In the photo below, Sgt. Buck is pictured with Lt. Jason Turner, on behalf of Investigations, presenting Sgt. Buck with a canvas print featuring his radio call sign, S-6, during the April 27 luncheon as well.

Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria and VPD

In the next photo, Victoria Police Chief Robert Arredondo, left, and Capt. Caleb Breshears, right, present Sgt. Herschel Buck with a plaque recognizing Sgt. Buck's service to the police department.

Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria and VPD

Sgt. Herschel Buck has retired after 23 years in law enforcement.

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

We would like to thank Sgt. Buck for his years of service to our community.

Senior Patrol Officer Jon DeLaRosa graduates from Ft. Benning, Georgia.

In the photo below, Victoria Police Department Senior Patrol Officer Jon DeLaRosa poses for a photo on April 9 at his graduation from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Ga.

We are also thankful for your service Officer DeLeRosa! Congratulations sir!

Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria and VPD

You are all welcome to share in the celebration by leaving messages for these gentlemen on the VPD Facebook page here.

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