Rodney H. Bond Jr. was born and raised in Lancaster, PA by his mother, Sandra Bond, and his late father, Rodney Bond Sr. He graduated from Hempfield High School in 1995 while excelling in academics, basketball, and football. Rodney furthered his education at Morehouse College located in Atlanta, Georgia before eventually transferring to Temple University in Philadelphia, where he graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. In May of 2017, Rodney obtained his Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice and Leadership from Wilmington University. Rodney decided to follow in his family’s footsteps in law enforcement, entering the Delaware State Police Training Academy in 2003, graduating in the Delaware State Police 74th Class; Upon graduation, Rodney was assigned to the patrol section, and worked with the Interdiction Unit known as D.I.C.E. (Delaware Interstate Crime Enforcement) and served as a Trooper Recruiter within the Human Resources Section.
In November of 2015, Rodney was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He was transferred to Troop 1 in North Wilmington, DE and supervised a patrol shift. He was then reassigned in May of 2017 back to Troop 2 into the Criminal Investigation Unit, where he supervised the State Police School Resource Officers within New Castle County. Sergeant Bond served in a part-time capacity as a member of the Honor Guard Unit and was the Unit’s County Coordinator, a Field Training Officer (FTO), a Training Academy (TAC) Officer, a Recruit Mentor, an Oral Board Assessor, and a member of the Career Development Committee, Community Outreach Committee.
In 2009, Sergeant Bond became a member of the Delaware Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and served on the Board of Advisors for the Chapter. From day one, he was an active member of the chapter, who had a tremendous impact on the lives of many students majoring in Criminal Justice at Delaware State University. For the past 7 years, Sergeant Bond served as the Chairman of the Chapter’s Annual Law Enforcement Career Fair held at Delaware State University. He organized, promoted, and recruited hundreds of local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, paramedic services, corrections, emergency communications, social services, and other non-enforcement organizations to the fair. These events attracted thousands of students across the tri-state area. And through his efforts, each year many of our Collegiate Chapter members at Delaware State University obtain jobs and/or internship opportunities
During a recent acceptance speech for Police Officer of the Year award, Sergeant Bond spoke of his family, saying “I want to thank my family for their unconditional love and support. I want to thank my mother and father for all that they did for me and teaching me the importance of being responsible, resourceful, and respectful. I want to thank my wife, Tawanda. She is my queen, my rock, my motivation, and voice of reason all in one. For those of you who follow football, I definitely outkicked my coverage…and married up as they say. I also want thank our children, Alahna, Rodney, and Bryson for their patience and understanding with my schedule. They keep me young and are my inspiration. I am so very proud to be their father.”
Sergeant Bond’s dedication, commitment, and devotion to serving others propelled him to become a giant within the Delaware State Police, NOBLE Delaware Chapter, NOBLE Delaware Collegiate Chapter and beyond.
When you ask yourself, what is the true purpose of a life? No matter who we are or what course we are destined to trek, in the end aren’t we all measured the same? By our relationships and how we made people feel. The pieces of us we gave, the words of love, wisdom and encouragement we spoke and how someone has made a better difference, for having known us. These are the things that remain, not the titles or the uniform or the material things, but the seeds of friendship that have been planted and will grow like a tree next to running waters.
Sergeant Rodney Bond died while running with his son near their home on November 24, 2017.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Tawanda Bond, daughter, Alahna Bond, and his sons, Rodney and Bryson Bond.
We, the members of the Delaware Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives are heartbroken, and devastated by the sudden, untimely loss of this great man, husband, father, son, and our dear friend.