Dallas officer connects with community through music

Officer connects with community through song

DALLAS -- Dallas police officer Charles Vaughn knows that when he's suited up, he makes some people uncomfortable. It just comes with the job.

On Thursday Vaughn was caught on camera hanging out as a group of students were playing music and singing. The students seemed tense at first --- but the energy of the group started to change when Vaughn, in full uniform, belted out an improvised solo. 

"When I got there I listened, and immediately they were trying to clean up, pack up the guitar, and I was like, 'no no no you guys are fine,'" Vaughn said. 

"I came in singing and they were just like -- face dropped; one guy hit the ground passed out -- it was so funny," Vaughn said.

It may have been a sight the Richland College students couldn't believe -- but it's all too familiar to Vaughn. Out of uniform he performs under the name "Ray Vaughn."

He's assigned to the recruiting unit, and it's his job to connect to young people. Music is his tool of the trade.

Earlier this year he recorded a tribute to the five officers killed in downtown Dallas. Music is his way of reaching the public he serves.

"Anytime I have the opportunity to shed a positive light, whether it's speaking, smiling, shaking hands, I just want to do that and leave that impression. I want to do that and drop that seed -- because that's what happened to me," he told News 8.

Vaughn says he never thought he would be a police officer -- he was recruited when an officer came to his college.

Now he's using music to help bring others into a career field he loves.

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