"Police" Phone Solicitation...
Posted January 10 2002 - 10:07 PM
It was my understanding that no police organization solicits donations via phone. Period!
Lately we have been getting tons'o phone solicitations by alleged uniformed officers.
BTW. They do get very funky when you ask for a name or badge # or station etc.
Tried *69, number not available...hmmmmmm.
We get them all, (alleged)State Police, PAL, PBA; along with the kitchencabinet resurfacingaluminumsidingalarmsystemchangeyourlong distanceincreaseyourcardlimit dinner time calls!
Always "boiler room" sounds in background or speaker phone delay!
Do Police solicit donations in NJ?
Not that there's anything wrong with that.
If not what should a citizen do?
Our Volunteer Fire Co. sends out quarterly donation request envelopes which is cool.
We do our part.
Posted January 10 2002 - 10:13 PM
I'm with a police department and I can tell you that there isn't a Dept in NJ that I know of that will solicit or cold call residents.
The State's PBA's have agreed not to solicit donations in this manner. The FOP Fratenal Order of Police Lodges (similar to PBA) are not bound by this agreement and may either solicit residents themselves or have an independent solicitation company make the calls for them. If this is the case the company will either get a fee up front, say $10,000 or will take a percentage of the proceeds. At best the Department it "represents" will see a small percentage of what the calls take in.
If you want tell them that you give to you local department's PBA and end the call. If they do call you at home for some reason (for donations or otherwise) then they'll use a company phone and the # of the Department will appear on the ID.
[This message has been edited by MNW (edited 01-10-2002).]
Posted January 10 2002 - 11:39 PM
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Posted January 11 2002 - 08:43 AM
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Posted January 11 2002 - 09:12 AM
Very interesting to hear from people in uniform that they are not allowed to phone solicit.
Thanks Guys, we do give at the local level to both Police and Fire Departments as well as the local Ambulance corp (volunteer).
Posted January 11 2002 - 10:23 AM
Posted January 11 2002 - 10:30 AM
I called the police and they told us they weren't doing any phone solicitations.
Bottom line - I wouldn't donate to anyone who calls on the phone.
Posted January 11 2002 - 10:37 AM
Posted January 11 2002 - 11:10 AM
If you listen closely there will always be something like.... Association, Brothers, Sisters, Fraternal Blah Blah, etc. bracketing the official sounding law enforcement agency that they want you to think that they are representing. Most of these guys are the same telemarketers that will call and try to sign you up to have your chimney cleaned. It all depends on what hat they are wearing that day.
Register with you state consumer protection agency to put yourself on the "Don't Call List" - its great, I have been able to eat dinner without a call for almost 6 months
Posted January 11 2002 - 12:25 PM
Posted January 11 2002 - 08:02 PM