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Lancaster Bureau of Police, today, released a statement recognizing Officer Jose DeLa Torre who recently retired:
On 1/21/19 Off. Jose DeLaTorre retired from the Lancaster Bureau of Police. Off. DeLaTorre was a fixture for many years in the downtown business district as he patrolled on bike.
Jose grew up in Lancaster City and graduated from JP McCaskey HS in ‘91. He was accepted into our Cadet program in August ‘91. In ‘94 he took the test to become a Police Officer and was hired by May.
Off. DeLaTorre worked in Patrol for his entire career. He was assigned to the Downtown area on bicycle in 2000 and worked that assignment through multiple Patrol Platoons until his retirement.
Off. DeLaTorre helped with organizing the Police Olympics when they were held in PA in 2002. He, along with Off. Dickinson, represented the department at the World Police & Fire Games in Belfast, NI in 2013. The pair played Men’s Volleyball.
Throughout his career, Off. DeLaTorre received numerous letters of appreciation from citizens, business owners and other Police agencies. He had been called on to assist many agencies with Spanish translation.
He received numerous awards in the form of commendations and unit citations. In 2016 he was awarded the Community Policing Award. In 2004 Off. DeLaTorre was off-duty when he witnessed a shooting where a 12 year old was struck by gunfire. He contacted 911 and followed the suspect. He was able to detain the suspect until uniformed Officers arrived and took the suspect into custody.
We wish Off. Jose DeLaTorre well in his retirement and thank him for his years of service to the City of Lancaster as a Cadet & Police Officer.