Volunteer Policing in the News
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Matthew Yap (VLEOA Board Member) explains why he is committed to police volunteering
Singapore Deputy Superintendent of Police (Volunteer) Matthew Yap enrolled as a Volunteer Special Constabulary officer to set an example for his children and gain insight into the realm of law enforcement, he shares his story.
Podcast: Why your agency is stronger with reserve officers
Could part-time officers help solve the police recruitment crisis? That is the question Policing Matters host and Police1 columnist Jim Dudley recently debated with fellow columnist Joel Shults as part of their "State Your Case" column.
Special Impact and Volunteering Matters
"Special Impact" features great stories about UK volunteer policing. You may also want to review "Volunteering Matters" to learn more about the great things that volunteers are doing for their communities in the UK.
Ride-along with Volunteer Police
Dr. Laura Knight spent some time in Orlando to present at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and, during the trip, she was invited to join a volunteer police officer for a ridealong during his evening shift in the tourism area of Orange County.
IACP Leadership in Volunteer Police Service
The IACP Leadership in Volunteer Police Service Programs Award recognizes international volunteer programs that demonstrate innovative, effective practices and improving service delivery to their communities. See video example: here
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
Trauma surgeon Dr. Kenji Inaba, director of surgical ICU at USC, talks about how he swaps scrubs for a training uniform and a scalpel for a Glock as a reserve with the LAPD. Use the "click here for video" button below for the Lester Holt interview, or read his story in the USC News by clicking here.
Celebrities as Volunteer Police
Some of these stars credit their characters with inspiring them to don the badge. Others left dangerous police work behind to pursue a career in show business. But what all of these celebrities have in common is a respect for law enforcement and a desire to help people.
VLEOA Featured Member Posts
Submitted by the Toronto Police (Dec. 2022): Auxiliary Superintendent Frank Fernandes was recently honoured for his 50 years of service with the Toronto Police. Frank, who also serves as a member of the VLEOA Board of Directors and as Patron of the Alliance of Guyanese Canadian Organizations, is a tireless volunteer, greatly contributing to community safety, social justice and relief of poverty at home and abroad by donating his time, efforts and monies, and through many simple acts of kindness, both great and small.
Submitted by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP): Canadian membership is growing in the Volunteer Law Enforcement Officer Alliance! Pictured is the Canadian contingent that attended the VLEOA October 2019 International Training Conference. Pictured are OPP Aux Inspector Visneskie, Aux S/Sgt Guiho , Aux S/Sgt Maltese, Aux Inspector Drake, Aux Cst Treleaven and Aux Sgt Dimitroff as well as members from Waterloo Regional Police (Aux & Reg) and London Police Service (Aux & Reg).
Submitted by the FHPA: It’s no secret that the President of the United States is one of the most protected people in the world. When the President travels to West Palm Beach, Florida, there is great coordination with the secret service and local law enforcement. That’s where the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary comes in. Palm Beach always has had plenty of presidential motorcades during campaigning of all past presidents, but President Trump made presidential motorcades a routine in Palm Beach. The members of FHPA troop L are always part of that security detail and carry out these duties with diligence and professionalism. Every member of the FHPA takes this role seriously and performs in a presidential way to insure the Commander-in-Chief is always secure on our watch.
Submitted by the Portsmouth (VA) Sheriff's Office Auxiliary: The Portsmouth Auxiliary has 27 members, and in 2017, seven auxiliary deputies provided community services by coming in on a weekend and clearing an elderly man’s yard and house exterior that had been overrun with shrubs, trees, bushes and with climbing ivy. It was a full day of hot back-breaking work. Another team went to a home where the interior was over-packed with boxes and papers stacked to the ceiling and worked on clearing that property. The team was nominated by full-time Lt. Teresa Faesi (pictured in photo on front row, first on left) for a "Team of the Quarter" award and for the first time ever, the Auxiliary Unit was selected. Team award members were presented the award by Councilwoman Elizabeth Psimas, city HR representative Courtland Marriner, and Sheriff Michael Moore (front row, third from left). Congratulations to the auxiliary team for winning this award for the first time!
Submitted by the Orange County (FL) Sheriff's Office Reserve Unit: The OCSO Reserve unit currently has 70 volunteer sheriff's deputies who work a variety of assignments.