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Victorville Police Sergeant Shelly Kelly retires after 29 years of service

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Serving the community is in her blood, but after 29 years, Sergeant Shelly Kelly is turning in her gun and badge as she embarks on her journey of retirement.

Kelly’s last day with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department — Victorville Station — was Friday, Sept. 13.

Sgt. Kelly said she joined law enforcement because of her desire to help and serve her community.

“The community really benefited from Sergeant Shelly Kelly. I witnessed her kindness and generosity go above and beyond while out at various scenes,” stated Hugo Valdez of Victor Valley News. “I would be amazed at watching her interaction with people. From criminals, crash victims, community members, news media, and even her own colleagues, she always showed the highest level of respect.”

Victorville Police Sergeant Shelly Kelly is photographed with Hugo Valdez of Victor Valley News on her last day of Patrol before retiring. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)

Kelly said she enjoyed working for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and would encourage anyone looking to join law enforcement to apply.

“The best tip I can give is to know the penal and traffic codes and your policies, and do the right thing,” the sergeant said to future deputies.

Memories Kelly said she will always cherish is working as a team with coworkers, digging for details on criminals to solve crimes, and getting to know her community.

The part of the job Kelly disliked was seeing the dark side of humanity.

Amongst some of the worst incident’s she’s dealt with, Kelly said the one that impacted her the most was the rape of an adult mentally challenged woman that resulted in a pregnancy.

“The crime was solved by DNA and her brave statement,” Kelly said. “No trial was required.”

Kelly said she looks forward to spending time with her family and caring for her granddaughter.

“Thank you to the citizens of Victorville and San Bernardino County, and farewell,” Sergeant Shelly Kelly said.

On behalf of Victor Valley News Group, we want to thank Sgt. Kelly for dedicating so much of her life to serving and protecting our community. You are a very special woman with a heart of gold and the Victor Valley was truly lucky to have you. We wish you the best and congratulations on your retirement.

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Sgt. Shelly Kelly retires after 29 years of service with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. September 2019. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)

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