South KC Perspective
By John Sharp
Highly decorated KCMO police veteran James Buck who has served the last two years as a watch commander for the South Patrol Division since being transferred there following his promotion from sergeant to captain in January 2020 was named the new South Patrol Commander and promoted to major on January 16.
He replaces Major Darren Ivey who retired effective December 31, 2021.
Buck began serving as acting South Patrol Commander and representing the Division at numerous community events beginning December 18 when Ivey stepped down to take vacation prior to starting his retirement.
Buck has been with the department 27 years. In addition to his service at South Patrol he has been assigned to East Patrol, Metro Patrol and Shoal Creek Patrol as well as the Domestic Violence Section.
During his service on the force he has received a Lifesaving Award, a Meritorious Service Award, two Certificates of Commendation and numerous letters of commendation.