Retired Police Officer Still Serving His Community

Susy Solis
January 24, 2020 - 9:16 am

Plano Police Officer Arthur Parker officially retired this week, but his work is far from over.

The officer, known for his dance moves, harmonica-playing, rap, as a resource officer at Clarke High School in Plano. 

"The power to influence and help people," Officer Parker said when asked why he loves working with kids. 

He brings to light subjects and issues that are difficult to discuss, such as school shootings and being a "snitch." His presence at Clarke High School decreased crime and fighting on campus. 

Parker says he was in the Army when he knew he wanted to work with kids and that's where he got the nickname "Officer Friendly."

After serving in the Plano Police Department for 35 years, Parker officially retired. 

"I still have so much I'm going to give. I'm going to volunteer, I'm going to be doing presentations," he said. "I still want to make that impact, I'll just be able to sleep in a little bit longer, that's all!"