Not knowing why he had been sent to the state capital, John Baylor parked his 1962 Ford Galaxie at an Austin federal building in September 1968.

Baylor, a Victoria police officer hired months earlier, had undergone a first-of-its-kind police training program that would be expanded state-wide in the early ‘70s. He would soon be announced as the first certified peace officer in Texas.

John F. Baylor, U.S. Marines Corps Headshot

In the U.S. Marine Corps, John Baylor served as a corporal in the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines infantry battalion. This battalion is famously known as one of the first to storm the beach near Da Nang, South Vietnam, on March 8, 1965.

John F. Baylor Award

Victoria Police Department Cadet Ryan Ramos, left, receives the John F. Baylor award after graduating from Victoria College's Law Enforcement Academy. Pictured with John F. Baylor, center, and Police Chief Robert Arredondo, right.

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Chase Rogers covers breaking news and public safety for The Victoria Advocate. He graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor's in mass communications and journalism. Chase can be reached at 361-574-1286, crogers@vicad.com or on Twitter.

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cynthia leal

I had the pleasure of working with John Baylor. Great police officer as well as a wonderful human being!

A.M. Yost

Cool story, but it's "bear" not "bare."

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Jon Wilcox

Thank you. We will get this corrected.

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