Sgt. Vince Giacolone, director of the Rolla Police Department's Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program, was honored by the Rolla Board of Education Thursday night for his work with the school.
Sgt. Vince Giacolone, director of the Rolla Police Department’s Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program, was honored by the Rolla Board of Education Thursday night for his work with the school.
The board members gave Sgt. Giacolone a standing ovation after board President Jim Packard presented him with a recognition certificate and expressed the district’s gratitude for Giacolone’s help throughout his tenure as the director of the police volunteers.
Giacolone returned that gratitude, noting that the board and the administration, particularly Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aaron Zalis, have been very supportive of him and the VIPS program.
“I’m so pleased to know each and every one of you,” Giacolone said. “I will never forget you for the way you’ve treated me.”
Said Packard, “Vince, we feel the same way about you.”
VIPS began in January 2009 ”to promote effective use of the citizens of Rolla who wish to donate their time and talents to further the goals of the police department in response to President (George W.) Bush's call to service in 2002 for all citizens of the United States,” according to the police department.
The police department further notes: “The mission of the Rolla Police Department VIPS program is to serve as a volunteer support service to the Rolla Police Department, enhancing the effectiveness of community policing through the provision of administrative, and support services.”