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Two months after he was named Dilley’s chief of police, Homer Delgado has acknowledged that he is not a licensed peace officer in the state of Texas.
Public records available from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) on September 22 show that Delgado’s license has been inactive since Sept. 1, 2019.
His last appointment shown was at Terrell Hills from January 2017 to February 2019.
The state commission reports that most license non-compliance cases stem from a failure to complete the required courses of training. Delgado’s record shows he completed an hour-long course for his concealed firearm carrying license in August 2020.
Section 1701.301 of the Texas Occupations Code prohibits the appointment of a person without the appropriate license to a peace officer, jailer or telecommunications position. Delgado was sworn into office by Judge Lauro Flores in July 2020.
TCOLE commission rule 211.19 requires that before an agency appoints a person who does not hold a commission license, the candidate for the position must file an application for the appropriate license with the commission. As of presstime, Delgado’s application has not been filed.
Delgado’s lack of a license prohibits him from signing affidavits and reports, and he is ineligible to make arrests.
The police chief confirmed last week that he does not hold a peace officer license and said he views his position at the department as an administrative one, pending the renewal of his license. He said on Sept. 22 that he had considered himself as retired from service at the time of his application as police chief for Dilley.
Delgado’s application for the position with the city shows that he served as patrol officer for the Ingleside Police Department from 1995 to 1997; as a deputy with the San Patricio County Sheriff’s Office in Sinton from 1997 to 1999; as patrol corporal and police supervisor for the Terrell Hills PD from 1999 to 2007; returning to San Patricio County as sergeant investigator and hostage negotiator from 2007 to 2013; and as criminal investigator for the Medina County Attorney’s Office in Hondo from 2013 to 2017. He indicated that he returned to Terrell Hills in 2017 and served two years as lieutenant investigator. His total service time, as listed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, is 23 years and 10 months, prior to his engagement by the city of Dilley. The commission also reports that he completed a total of 1,020 training hours in education with 51 college credits, and that he graduated from the San Antonio Law Enforcement Academy in December 1994. His career total in education and training hours through various courses on law enforcement procedures, investigations, specialties such as border- and gang-related crime, legislative updates, child abuse prevention, crisis intervention, use of force, and crime scene investigation, is listed by TCOLE at 2,819 hours.
Delgado also lists himself as a company founder in 2004 and current director of operations for JET Mechanical, Inc., a San Antonio-based residential and commercial heating and air conditioning business.
The police chief’s licensing record indicates he earned his peace officer certification through San Antonio College in 1995 and his intermediate and advanced peace officer licenses in 2009. He earned his master peace officer certification from the state of Texas in April 2015. He also lists himself as an intermediate trained hostage negotiator, as a TCOLE instructor, a marine safety officer for the Texas Department of Parks & Wildlife, and as having completed the Sexual Assault Family Violence Investigator Course (SAFVIC).