2. I have had several phone calls from people representing themselves as police officers and asking for donations. Are these police officers and what is the money used for?
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Punta Gorda police officers do not solicit money for the department. Police officers never make solicitations over the telephone. There are some law enforcement-related agencies such as the Fraternal Order of Police that solicit donations, but they are not Punta Gorda Police Officers nor does the money go directly to the Punta Gorda Police Department. However, some of the money does help support the sponsorship of legislation concerning law enforcement.
It`s also a good idea to ask for a financial statement or budget before making a decision about whether to donate to the organization. If the organization is legitimate, they will give you this information and then you can decide whether you want to make a donation.