Police warn of law enforcement solicitation hoax
November 20, 2001
By RYAN SHERIDAN
Daily Press writer
Local law enforcement agencies are again warning residents of Craig and Moffat County about phony solicitation calls.
The Craig Police Department has received questions and complaints about phone calls looking for donations to benefit peace officers.
Several calls have been received about solicitations for “Police” or “Law Enforcement” organizations in Colorado, according to Police Lieutenant John Forgay.
“One of these calls was reported to be for the ‘Colorado Police Protective Association’, but came from Arizona,” Forgay said. “Another citizen received a follow-up letter after the phone call and was prepared to donate over $300.
“This is an unusually high amount for legitimate requests for a donation.”
Many of these organizations do exist, but local law enforcement agencies are usually is aware of these solicitation efforts, Forgay said.
“Any citizen that receives any phone solicitations are advised to obtain as much information as possible,” he said.
“Ask for a phone number to the organization’s office so the validity of the call can be checked.”
If anyone has questions about these types of calls, they are advised to call the Craig Police or Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.
The non-emergency number for the Craig Police Department is 824-8111, for the Sheriff’s Office, 824-4495.