HIGH FIVE Irving 5-0 

Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne believes respect for police officers needs to be front and center. To foster and encourage that respect, Van Duyne has recently announced a new program called HIGH FIVE Irving 5-0.

“While officers work to prevent crime, they also spend much of their time building community trust,” said Van Duyne. “Most people don’t stop to think about the good police provide each and every day. These are our neighbors, our protectors and the role models who help our children.”

Irving Police are community-focused and have established numerous outreach programs that address various ages, demographics and needs.
High Five for the Irving 5-0

Police Penny Run for Special Olympics: Irving Police teamed up with Irving schools to raise money for Special Olympics. Students collected pennies and sold t-shirts, then officers ran to the campuses to collect the proceeds.

The Irving Police Department works hard to engender trust in the community. Irving officers integrate into the community through the many programs the department has established. From involvement with Irving high schools, to volunteer work at IPD’s Police Athletic League to Juntos, the department’s Spanish language outreach initiative, Irving officers develop relationships throughout the community. Relationships prevent crime, and IPD is focused on prevention.

Van Duyne feels so strongly about officer respect that she has challenged other mayors throughout North Texas to encourage their residents to “high five” their 5-0.

“The media focus on issues,” says Van Duyne. “Police are doing extraordinary work out there, and we need to support them by saying ‘thank you.’”
  1. Irving Police Athletic League
  2. Rape Aggression Defense
  3. Citizen Police Academy
  4. Juntos
  5. Irving Citizens On Patrol
  6. Community-One
  7. National Night Out
  8. Irving Police Explorers
  9. Blue Christmas
Geared toward: Boys and girls, ages 7 to 18

What it does: Irving Police Athletic League (PAL) was incorporated in 1992 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by volunteer police officers and residents. The goal of Irving PAL is to help "at-risk" kids develop self-esteem, discipline and mental courage through a structured program of physical activity and exposure to positive role models. Primary programs are:

  • Boxing
  • Fitness
  • Wrestling (seasonal)
  • Tennis (seasonal)
  • Soccer (summer)
  • Basketball (summer)
  • NFL Punt, Pass & Kick event 
  • "Urban Outdoors" program which includes:
    • Archery
    • Camping
    • Fishing
    • Hunting
    • Kayaking
    • Mountain biking
    • Rock climbing
    • Educational field trips teaching about wildlife, nature, etc.
Impact: About 700 youth participated in a PAL program in 2014.