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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Springfield Police Department was notified that a third-party company is asking for donations on behalf of local law enforcement for the annual event, Shop with a Cop. However, we want to remind the citizens of Springfield that SPD is not soliciting donations for the event. The local Shop with a Cop program is completely funded and sponsored through Wal-Mart, Inc.
While there may be some legitimate fundraising organizations soliciting donations, the Springfield Police Department has not endorsed or partnered with any such organization.
SPD appreciates that our community is very generous, and we want to caution citizens and businesses against donating to any organization or individuals that you did not contact directly or who you cannot verify as legitimate. If you are contacted by a company that does not seem genuine, please report it to SPD by calling 417-864-1810.
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Media Contact: PAO Jasmine Bailey417-864-1786JnBailey@Springfieldmo.gov
Release authorized by Chief Paul Williams