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There are police officers and then there's Officer Paul Labuda. The part-time cop has a full-time love for the law. Labuda has been of the force at Florence Police Department for nearly three years.

His day job is working at a local software company but Labuda is also one of nine police part-time officers with the Florence police department. He even has the nick name "Robo" cop because he's the only officer that carries a Taser gun on his leg, just like in the movie, but it's a weapon he's never had to use.

Labuda is known as one of the nicest cops in town. He rarely writes a ticket and rarely makes an arrest.

"I'm after people being safe, not bankrupting people," said Labuda.

"He is very, very proactive in the community and in his community with community policing," said Lt. Adam Marsh.

Marsh says he's proud to have Officer Labuda on the force, as Labuda was recently recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for volunteering to talk to students at area schools about the dangers of alcohol.

"I volunteer for the Travis County Attorney's underage drinking program. I go to schools talk from 4th grade through high schoolers. I just talk to them about the dangers of alcohol use and abuse. My real hope here is that I'm going to save some lives out there," Labuda said.

Labuda said he's nothing special, but he would like to see more officers, in all communities, volunteer their time to give back to form better relationships with the people they serve.


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