The Plano Police Department recruits, trains, and supervises citizen volunteers who wish to issue parking citations for handicap parking violations. These citizen volunteers are not commissioned as sworn officers and have no enforcement authority beyond that of any citizen, except for the issuance of citations for handicap parking violations.
After completing basic training in the Citizens Handicap Parking Patrol program, citizen volunteers complete at least four hours of patrol per month. Citizen volunteers are issued ticket books and other related equipment by the police department, but perform patrol duties in their privately owned vehicles.
The program provides a platform for citizens who want to serve their community while assisting law enforcement and handicapped persons. Citizen volunteer qualifications:
Have no DWI convictions in the past 10 years
Have no felony convictions in any state
Have no more than one class C misdemeanor conviction in the last 3 years
Must be 21 years of age
Must be in compliance with Texas liability insurance requirements for motorists
Must have a valid Texas Driver License
Must live or work in Plano
The Citizens Handicap Parking Patrol Program operates under the umbrella of the Citizen's Assisting Plano Police Program.
To participate, citizens need to contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 972-941-2431.