Details about RLOAA
P.O. Box 17807, San Antonio, Texas 78217-0807
Telephone: 210-653-5754 / FAX: 210-653-9655
Founded January, 1970 to serve the needs of the third of a million volunteer peace
officers of America, this non-profit fraternal organization is tax exempt under
Internal Revenue Service Code 501(C)4. In the almost thirty-two years of its existence,
the Association has enrolled members in over 2,500 cities and 50 States,
and now has a growing membership in several foreign countries.
Otto Vehle, the National Director
since 1972, is also Chairman of the
Board of Directors. Prior to 1972, he served as Chief of the
Police Reserves in Sherman, Texas.He then served 27 years in the Support
Division, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office,
San Antonio, Texas. He is currently a Deputy Constable,
Bexar County Precinct 3. He holds a Texas Peace Officer license
with Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and
MASTER PEACE OFFICER
Master Peace Officer certification by the State of Texas:
Late in 1960 the Attorney General of Texas ruled that volunteer peace officers
were not legal because the Texas Legislature had never authorized them.
Concerned volunteers from all across the state went to the State Capitol in Austin
to seek help from their Legislators. While there, many of them met other volunteers
for the first time. They all learned that in order to be successful at getting
legislation passed, they needed to band together, prepare their proposals,
and then make a united appeal. Taking this advice, they formed a statewide
organization, the Auxiliary Police and Reserve Law Officers Association of Texas.
President of this group was Otto Vehle, Chief of the Police Reserves in Sherman,
Texas. (For a more detailed history of Otto Vehle, click here: HISTORY.
This organization prepared a Bill and took it to the next Legislative Session. In a
unified group, they testified for the Reserve Law, and it passed, setting minimum
standards of training and education, giving legal status to volunteer law enforcement.
When law enforcement agencies all across America learned of the successful work
done in Texas, Police Chiefs and Sheriffs in many states began to request assistance
in getting similar legislation passed in their states. It became obvious that the
country needed a nationwide organization, so it was decided to change the name from
a Texas group to a new national name, Reserve Law Officers Association of America.
Almost overnight the membership swelled and in its first year members in over
forty states had already enrolled.
Now in its 32nd year, this strong Reserve Law Officers Association of America, is
the powerful national voice for volunteer peace officers and the many fulltime, paid
peace officers in its membership.
No ad solicitations
Anyone who has been connected with law enforcement for any time at
all has heard tales of fraudulent organizations that solicit funds in the
name of police or sheriff departments when in fact they have no
connection to these departments.
We condemn the illegal fundraising which has occurred from time to
time in the name of legitimate law enforcement groups.
Many investigations have shown that the “ads” sold in “boiler rooms”
often never get printed and the money raked in goes to the solicitors
and the promoters.
This obviously proves to be extremely embarrassing to the law
enforcement agency involved, and usually the promoters escape
punishment by means of tricky disclaimers . . . or they just skip town
and set up shop all over again.
Reserve Law Officers Association of America does not sell
ads, nor does it permit anyone else to do so on its behalf.
This Association operates solely on dues paid by its members.