Via the Salem News:
In Massachusetts, a fundraising solicitation from the Salem Police Patrolmen’s Association is being retracted, the city’s police chief announced on social media Tuesday afternoon.
The letter, which started arriving this week at the homes of Salem residents, was generated by a professional fundraising firm the union recently hired, said Salem Police Sgt. William Riley, the association president, whose name was used in the mailing.
He blamed the letter on “miscommunication” between the fundraiser, himself and Police Chief Mary Butler, who took to social media to tell residents that the letter is being retracted.
“Since 1992, the Salem Police Department has not solicited monies from the public because our profession requires the highest level of integrity and impartiality in the fair and balanced treatment of all,” Butler wrote in a post to the department’s Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.
Riley said he had expected that the fundraiser, who has been used by some other area departments, would be running events, including a comedy show and wrestling event, but not sending out letters seeking donations from Salem residents.
“Anything that comes in is going to be sent back,” Riley said.
“This is the first time we’ve used them, and we’ve never been affiliated with anything like this before,” he said.