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Donation brightens holiday for FMPD

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Thanks to a generous outpouring of community support, the Flower Mound Police Department received 73 new Streamlight Stinger DS flashlights, valued at $100 each, on Dec. 23.

Often overlooked, flashlights are a crucial piece of an officer’s equipment and used in countless situations. Whether it’s being able to see a suspect’s hands or an accident victim’s injuries, flashlights help first responders stay safe and fully perform their job duties, day or night.

This generous donation allows each patrol officer to have his or her own flashlight as part of their regularly-issued equipment, instead of having to purchase their own or check out a flashlight at the beginning of each shift. Most of the flashlights previously available at the police department were at least 10-years-old and much bigger than the newer models.

The new flashlights were donated by the Flower Mound Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (FMCPAAA), a volunteer organization comprised of residents who spend countless hours assisting the police department and the Town by promoting programs that benefit the community.

The non-profit association met with police eight months ago to determine the department’s highest equipment need. From there, FMCPAAA members coordinated the first annual Casino Night fundraiser. Held in November, the event was an overwhelming success, raising $5,500 and drawing more than 100 attendees.

Flower Mound residents interested in joining the Flower Mound Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association must first attend the Flower Mound Citizen Police Academy.  To be considered for the next academy class in the spring of 2012, e-mail Officer Justin Buck, FMPD Crime Prevention Officer, at crime.prevention@flower-mound.com.

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