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2004 June 16

Reserve Law Officers Association of America (reslaw)

“Voice of the Volunteer Lawmen”
P.O. Box 17807, San Antonio, TX 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 27 years, the Association has enrolled members in over 2,500 cities and 50 StatesOtto Vehle, the National Director since 1972, is also Chairman of the Board of Directors. A Lieutenant in the Support Division, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, San Antonio, Texas. he holds a Texas Peace Officer license with Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Proficiency certificates.

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 called 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. 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 and 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, 27 years later, this strong organization, 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 the dues paid by its members.

Here’s more information: - – - click on Blue desired item below:

APPLICATION for Membership in Reserve Law Officers Association of America Application
BENEFITS of Membership in the Reserve Law Officers Association Benefits

HISTORY and background on the Reserve Law Officers Association


PENAL CODE changes to be proposed in Texas Penal Code
LEGISLATIVE  Updates: laws, proposed legislation, things to watch for     Legislation
Texas Attorney General OPINION on officer off-duty employment A.G.Opinion
Bexar County Sheriff Support Division (RESERVES) Support
Volunteers TAX DEDUCTION, Internal Revenue Service Code, Amendment I.R.S. Amend
Volunteers under Fair LABOR Standards Act Labor
Volunteer Protections Act of 1997 reduces reserves’ LIABILITY Protection
Quick LINKS  to various other law enforcement agencies LAWLINK
PURPOSES of the Reserve Law Officers Association of America               Purposes
Define “PEACE OFFICER” in Texas Code of Criminal Procedure CCP
Texas Reserve Officers, Andy Thrash (Houston) Houston
SOUTH CAROLINA volunteer peace officers S._Carolina
British reserves (volunteer) law enforcement officers – UNITED KINGDOM British

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