On February 21, 2019, the Pearland Police Department hosted a retirement ceremony for Pearland Police Officer Rick Bort. Family, friends, local dignitaries, and co-workers were on hand to bid him a bittersweet farewell.
Chief of Police J. Spires shared heartfelt personal stories about Officer Bort and Mayor Tom Reid read a Proclamation declaring February 21, 2019, Officer Rick Bort Day in the City of Pearland.
Officer Bort has served Pearland as a police officer for past 30 years. Officer Bort is a founding member of the Combined Agency Response Team (SWAT) that began in 1992. Officer Bort was also Pearland Police Department's first full time "Crime Scene Detective" and first full time "training Officer."