Lt. Herman Robinson, the longest-serving officer in the Vallejo Police Department, has been named the department's Officer of the Year. (Photo courtesy Vallejo Police Department/Facebook)

Lt. Herman Robinson, a Vallejo police officer since 1973, was honored recently as “Officer of the Year” at the 28th annual Solano County Law Enforcement Recognition Night at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield.

Robinson, Vallejo’s longest serving police officer in history, began his law enforcement career in 1972 with the Berkeley Police Department.

He joined the Vallejo Police Department on Sept. 3, 1973. Robinson was promoted to sergeant in 1986 and promoted to lieutenant in July 2013.

Robinson was the original graduate of Community Police Relations in 1973 and attended management school 23 years before his promotion to lieutenant. He has served as a mentor to many officers in the Police Department and was selected by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to speak about the history of law enforcement in California and its evolution.

Nine Rotary Clubs in Solano County gathered on Oct. 18 for the recognition night to honor police officers and dispatchers for their dedication and hard work.