There are several
local and national fund raising organizations presently attempting to
solicit money from the Citizens of Lynn and other local communities.
Many of these organizations use “Police” as part of their
organizational names, although may not have any connection to any law
organizations must be registered with the Office of Public Charities at the
Massachusetts State Attorney General’s Office to legally solicit funds in
this state. Some examples are
“Police Protective Fund”, “Police Activities League of the Bay State,
Inc.”, and the “Fraternal Order of Police”.
organizations must also file a Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax
form. These tax documents
detail the fund raising activities of the organization, the amount of monies
raised, and where the money was spent.
All of this is public information, on file at the Office of Public
Charities, and available to anyone upon request.
these organizations are registered with the State of Massachusetts and
comply with Mass. State Law, most of the monies raised, are paid out to the
telemarketing companies hired by the organizations to conduct the fund
telemarketing companies are said to use high-pressure tactics in order to
get people to pledge money to these organizations, under the belief that the
money will find its way to the local police officer or police department.
telemarketing companies can pay to have access to huge demographic marketing
data bases, detailing such personal information as telephone number,
address, age, and lifestyle preferences in order to target their efforts
towards more susceptible individuals willing to contribute.
Most of the
Lynn residents that have called the Lynn Police to inform us of these
solicitations, are older and retired persons, who are concerned that a
possible scam is being perpetrated against them.
largest slice of the total funds raised are paid out to the employees of the
organization in the form of salaries and benefits. The funds raised also go towards paying for, payroll taxes,
printing and publications, postage & shipping, contract labor,
equipment, rent, legal fees, travel, telephone bills, and other operating
there is money left to pay for benefits and materials that may be used by
law enforcement agencies.
example, the “Police Protective Fund”, located at 1114 West 7th
Street Suite #3 Austin, TX, states in its solicitation letter, that the
organization pays $10,000.00 to the families of every ‘enrolled’ law
enforcement officer who is killed in the line of duty.
“Police Protective Fund” reported to the Office of Public Charities, in
it’s Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax document for year
ending 2001, that this organization raised $2,880,615.00 in total funds
across this nation.
organization then paid $2,525,271.00 to the All-Pro Telemarketing firm of
277 Fairfield Rd. Suite #308 Fairfield, NJ to perform the fund raising
to the tax document, “Police Protective Fund” paid out $20,573.00 in
benefits to its ‘enrolled’ members.
at the Lynn Police appreciate the public for its support and their efforts
to help us, but the Lynn Police have not hired anyone to solicit funds on
our behalf. The Lynn Police
Department, nor does any individual Lynn Police Officer derive any benefit
from any of these or other “Police” fund raising organizations.
the public to report any mail or telephone solicitation, directly making
reference to the Lynn Police, or suggesting the Lynn Police will benefit
directly from any solicitation, as no organization has been given the
permission, to use the name of the “Lynn Police”, in connection with any
fund raising campaign.
reporting these solicitations we ask that public provide as much information
as possible including the name of the person calling, the name and address
of the organization, and any telephone numbers provided.
solicitations can be reported to the Lynn Police by calling
(781) 595-2000 or
by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynn Police Department
Public Relations Officer