Anyone who works in public safety will probably tell you that things are tough all over. Budgets have been cut, positions eliminated, and agencies have been merged as tax revenues continue to dwindle and massive corporate giveaways rob taxpayers of public services.
Needless to say, this is of some concern to police associations.
In Pennsylvania, the Nazareth Borough Police Association has gone so far as to ask the public to send them money.
“It is with great pleasure that Nazareth Borough Police Association conducts another fund drive,” wrote the Nazareth Borough Police Association, in a letter mailed to residents and business owners asking for donations ranging from $10 to more than $100.
“The efforts of the Nazareth Community along with the association membership ensured that a local police department will continue to provide the police service to our municipality. We are grateful for your loyalty.”
The envelope the letter came in stated, “Now more than ever we need your help,” with the word “help” underlined.
The letter is signed by Nazareth Police Association President Frederick Lahovski.
So, what would the money that people send in be used for?
“This is strictly an association plea for funds,” Mayor Carl Strye Jr. said. “I don’t know exactly what they use these funds for, but it does not go to the Nazareth Borough Police Department. Their association does not write a check to the borough to support the police department.”