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NCJ Number: 64076 Find in a Library
Title: RAISING MONEY IN THE NAME OF THE LAW
Journal: POLICE MAGAZINE  Volume:3  Issue:1  Dated:(JANUARY 1980)  Pages:5-15
Author(s): E S ELY
Corporate Author: Criminal Justice Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Publications, Inc
New York, NY 10017
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: ABUSES IN CURRENT METHODS OF POLICE FUNDRAISING ARE EXAMINED IN THIS ARTICLE WHICH ALSO STUDIES PROPOSED LEGISLATION AND OTHER REFORM.
Abstract: TRADITIONAL METHODS OF FUNDRAISING BY POLICE ORGANIZATIONS HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE PUBLIC BECAUSE THE MONEY IS USED FOR CHARITY. HOWEVER, IN RECENT YEARS, MONEY COLLECTED OFTEN HAS GONE INTO TRADE UNIONS OR POLICE RECREATIONAL FUNDS, AND IT HAS BEEN RAISED BY PROFESSIONAL FUNDRAISERS. PROSECUTORS, LEGISLATORS, AND LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE SCRUTINIZING FUNDRAISING PRACTICES. CURRENT PRACTICES ARE DESCRIBED, INCLUDING THE USE OF TELEPHONE CALLS TO SMALL BUSINESS MEN BY FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS ASKING FOR SUPPORT AND PROMISING THE GOODWILL OF THE POLICE, INCLUSION OF THE BUSINESS NAME IN A CHARITY PROGRAM, OR OTHER MINIMAL BENEFITS. SOME AUTHORITIES HAVE CHARGED THAT NO MATTER WHAT THE METHODS, THE BUSINESS IS FRAUDULENT BECAUSE THE PUBLIC IS NOT TOLD THE TRUTH THAT MOST OF THE MONEY COLLECTED WILL GO TO THE PROFESSIONAL FUNDRAISER. AMONG THE PROPOSALS FOR REFORM ARE A BAN ON FUNDRAISING BY PROFESSIONALS, A BAN ON TELEPHONE SOLICITATION, REGISTRATION WITH THE STATE, AND THE REQUIREMENT TO REPORT EARNINGS AND EXPENDITURES. REFORMS TRIED IN FLORIDA AND NEW YORK STATE ARE DESCRIBED. ILLUSTRATIONS ACCOMPANY THE TEXT. (RFC)
Index Term(s): Fraud; Funding sources; Police community relations; Police internal affairs; Police internal organizations
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