Sgt. Ramon De La Garza was recently appointed as the newest Jim Wells Environmental Crimes Officer.

De La Garza joined the Sheriff's Office in 2002 and has now taken his new position following the retirement of Deputy Hector Zertuche.

Sgt. De La Garza is a natural fit for his new role with dedication, according to a JWC press release.

De La Garza will monitor illegal burn bans, illegal dumping, pollution and or any other environmental crime. He will also be utilized in the patrol division.

"I plan to be proactive by going our there and see what people are hauling (or dumping). I will stop and talk to be especially anyone burning things (in order) to make sure that they are burning the correct things and not things they aren't suppose to be," De La Garza said. 

He is uniquely justified to continue our long standing tradition to improve the health and safety of everyone in our county, according to the JWC press release.

Throughout the years, De La Garza has been instrumental in the training of new officer in the patrol division. He has climbed the ranks from patrol officer to patrol supervisor. He has been a field training officer, a SWAT officer as well as an investigator in his 17 years at the department.

De La Garza will be patrolling the street of JWC looking for all violators of the law.