Police Officer Ricky Neal Roberts

Police Officer Ricky Neal Roberts

McLennan Community College Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, July 19, 2021

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Ricky Neal Roberts

Police Officer Ricky Roberts died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure while on duty.

Officer Roberts had served with the McLennan Community College Police Department for three years and had previously served with the Texas State Technical College Police Department for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, parents, and siblings.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 714

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Sunday, July 11, 2021

COVID-19, communicable disease

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Officer Roberts, thank you for your service and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful. God Bless you, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

August 28, 2021

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