Pflugerville police plan to expand mentorship program with grant

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Police in Pflugerville and Round Rock plan to expand a mentorship program they started last year after receiving a new grant. 

A check presentation for $2,500 took place Wednesday afternoon at the Texas Baptist Children’s Home in Round Rock. That’s where more than a dozen officers have volunteered as mentors since the departments launched their own Blue Guardian Mentorship Programs in December 2017. 

In August, the police learned they had enough votes through an online contest to receive the #WhyWeServe grant from Aftermath Services, a nationwide biohazard remediation company.

With these additional funds, the officers plan to partner with two other nonprofits: the Foster Angels of Central Texas and the new Refuge Ranch in Bastrop

Police officers from Pflugerville and Round Rock attended a check presentation for a $2,500 grant they received, which will benefit their Blue Guardian Mentorship Program. (Credit: Pflugerville Police Department) 

Some of the police mentors, like Executive Lt. Tricia Mirabelle, said this program allows them to connect with kids in a meaningful, fun way. 

“They get to see us as human beings, not just as a uniform that shows up on the worst day of their life,” Mirabelle said. “That’s important.” 

“We engage, and we connect on a human level where [the children] are able to trust us, where we’re able to build relationships,” Chief Jessica Robledo added. “It allows them to have a mentor to talk to about life’s hardships, about something going on at school, about life. Who better than someone that wears a badge that can help you, that can guide you, that can mentor you to make good decisions?”