A.T. Guynn is a native of Irving. He graduated from Irving High School, went into the Army and had a long career in the trucking industry.
But retirement wasn't in the cards. Thirteen years ago, he took underwent training to be a volunteer Citizen On Patrol for the Irving Police Department, and that volunteer service is his full-time job.
Guynn, 74, averages 40 hours a week assisting the Irving Police Department. Guynn works in the jail and at headquarters, but the bulk of his time has him on duty at the Irving Mall.
He's a familiar uniformed figure in the parking lot, where he looks into cars and checks to see if the doors are locked.
He leaves a blue report card in car doors, letting shoppers know whether they passed or failed -- if he can see valuables in a car, so can a criminal.
Irving Mall has 1.1 million square feet, and Guynn patrols inside on foot.
His presence is a deterrent to crime. He's also there to assist the Irving Police officer assigned to the mall, and Guynn loves to engage with the shoppers.
Irving Mall has a police storefront, and it's a mini museum with 900+ police patches from across America and around the world.
If you're an Irving resident and you'd like more information about the I-COP program, call the Irving PolIce Department at 972-721- 7778.
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