Vance hands Melissa Hammerquist , President of the Flower Mound Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association, one of the five Streamlight Stinger DS LED Flashlights the Amway donation helped purchase for patrol officers and sergeants.
IBO Vance Cox probably never imagined himself assisting police officers with traffic control, helping round up stray cattle, or pretending to be an armed and dangerous criminal when he retired from dentistry a few years ago. But he’s done all those things and a lot more since he’s been involved with the Flower Mound Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association’s wide-ranging volunteer programs in the community where he lives.
People are surprised to learn that such an organization exists, but many cities have similar citizen volunteer programs.
- Vance Cox
While on Citizen Public Safety Patrol, for example, he might be asked to wait for the tow truck to arrive after a car accident or help manage traffic at a Friday night football game. “We do things that don’t require a badge or a gun so the police officers can do what they do best,” says Vance. “When we can do the mundane tasks, the officers are freed up to do the work of serving and protecting citizens.
450 hours donated
Vance thoroughly enjoys it; he averages nearly 20 hours a month with various activities, which now includes helping train new volunteers. He’s donated nearly 450 hours on patrol since he signed on in 2011. “It’s a good way to serve our community and I get to work with a great group of people,” he states.
The police officers really appreciate their volunteer groups, who come from all walks of life. And the citizens, many of whom are retirees, can be proud of their efforts: volunteers like Vance have helped make Flower Mound, Texas, one of the 100 safest cities in the entire country.
For more information, check out their website http://www.fmcpaaa.org/.