Keeping the community safe: Pam Vance

LAUDERDALE CO., Miss. (WTOK) - Each month, we shine the spotlight on one person who goes above and beyond to make a difference in the community. This month, that person is a volunteer, who spends her time helping keep bad guys off the streets.

Meet Pam Vance. She's the executive director for East Mississippi Crimestoppers, which means she volunteers her time monitoring the program, going to meetings and conferences, organizing speaking engagements and keeping in contact with other law enforcement agencies.

"I don't feel like I do enough for Crimestoppers because you just feel like you have to help them out as much as you can," Vance says. "I really enjoy that."

"She's had a career," Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie says. "She retired. Now, she's taken on this tremendous task of helping law enforcement."

Vance spent 25 years volunteering with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and when she exited that role, a new opportunity opened up with Crimestoppers, a role she says was perfect for her.

"Just being able to get back into an organization that's so community-minded," she says.

The sheriff says it's her work ethic and involvement from the community that helps to keep those bad guys and girls off the streets.

"Her work that she puts into the Crimestoppers agency, coordinating that for multiple counties is a tremendous asset for the citizens of East Mississippi," Sheriff Sollie says.

"If you could help somebody with that community, help this law enforcement to keep your community and your town and your surrounding areas, why would you not do that?" Vance asks.

If you'd like to nominate someone for 11 Who Care, you may stop by the station to pick up an application or print one from the attached link.