Our IPA Members are doing more in the community than just answering calls for service. They also regularly donate their time to attend community events in order to promote a fulfilling relationship between the police and the community they serve. Some examples of these events include:
“Law Enforcement give a whole new meaning to "protect and serve" at Tip-A-Cop fundraisers. Officers serve as celebrity waiters at restaurants, and they donate all the tips they receive to Special Olympics. Tip-A-Cop has been a favorite way for officers to raise money, and the public loves to have the officers wait on them hand and foot.”Learn More
Our IPA members team up with Age Well Senior Services to be dancing partners at their annual Seniors’ Prom. Their website says, “The Seniors Prom began in 1989 with the idea of giving the seniors at that time the Senior Prom they never had. Due to the World War II draft, a majority of the 1989 high school senior population did not have the opportunity to have this classic American teenage experience. Thus, Age Well created the Seniors’ Prom in hopes to give them the chance to experience this memorable event — and to also say Thank You for their sacrifice and service.”
“I have always found joy in bringing a smile to other people’s faces. The Senior Prom is an event that allows me to bring a smile to members of the community I serve as a police officer and who have amazing life experiences. I always learn so much from them.”
–Officer J. Vespia
Each year our IPA members join Tustin PD for a soccer tournament in remembrance of a local high school soccer player named Kelsey Harris. Kelsey lost her battle with Lafora disease in April 2014 and an annual soccer tournament is held in her honor. Our IPA members play on a “police team” comprised of Irvine and Tustin officers.
“It is important to me as a police officer to participate in the Annual Kelsey Harris Soccer Tournament because it brings kids and officers together, outside of the uniform. Kids may have a variety of experience with law enforcement but usually it’s little to no contact with police officers. This game brings them together for a fun, healthy competition. It’s an opportunity to show these kids that we are people too and at the same time raising awareness and money for a great cause.”
– Officer T. Ayalde
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