Lieutenant Ralph Buentello began his career at the Victoria Police Department in 1991 as a Patrol Officer. In addition to his years as Patrol Officer, he worked on the former “Power Shift” and he has worked as a Dare Officer, Narcotics Officer, Detective, Patrol Sergeant and Detective Sergeant.
Lieutenant Buentello created a structured Honor Guard for the VPD in 1995 and he continues to oversee that unit today. That same year he was awarded Officer of the Quarter, recognizing his work in forming that unit.
Lieutenant Buentello serves on the VPD Review Board and he is a member of the VPD Bike Patrol.
In 2008, Buentello was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and has served in the VPD Training and Recruitment Unit and is now assigned to the Patrol Division.
Lieutenant Buentello currently holds a Master Peace Officer certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and he is a certified TCOLE Instructor and Firearms Instructor. He has over 3500 total TCOLE hours. Lt. Buentello is currently the lead instructor for the Victoria College Police Academy where he has taught for many years. In 2016, Lieutenant Buentello graduated from the 266th session of the FBI National Academy.
Lieutenant Buentello formerly served as President on the Board of Directors for the Hope of South Texas, a local children’s advocacy center.
Phone: 361- 485-3764