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Hang up on phony solicitors for police

by Jack Murray
Regional editor

The Palos Park Police Department reported Tuesday that an organization is calling residents soliciting funds for the department.

Police Chief Joe Miller said police have spoken to a number of residents who have been solicited by phone in the past week, by a company purportedly hired by the Metropolitan Alliance of Police (MAP) to solicit funds.

“We, the village of Palos Park Police Department do not solicit over the phone for donations,” Chief Miller noted. People are advised not to contribute any funds to such organizations claiming to solicit donations for the Police Department.

The Palos Park Police collective bargaining unit local, the Metropolitan Alliance of Police (MAP) Number 150, is allowed to and does periodically solicit for contributions to fund MAP activities, according to Chief Miller. It is unclear what the union local does with the funds, or why it is allowed to hit up taxpaying residents for funds.

Also, police have been advised that a man with an “older, gravelly voice” claiming to be named Jim called a resident looking to raise money for Palos Park Police Pension Plan No. 15. The man calling referred to a mailing and something about a raffle for the Palos Fire Protection District. The caller said he would come in person to the resident’s home and get a check, Miller said. That caller is an apparent scam operator.

“We also remind residents, if there is any interest in supporting an organization based in Palos Park and run by Palos Park residents, with a charter committed to 100 percent of any collections going to equipment, training etc., for Palos Park officers, they may want to explore the Palos Park Police Foundation, Miller added.

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