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Police: Check out solicitors

Evanston police officials are warning residents to be skeptical about solicitors who claim to be raising funds on behalf of the police department.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says the solictors tend to "speak in veiled generalities, using emotional ploys insinuating the money goes to purchase bulletproof vests or goes to support the survivors of fallen officers."

Evanston police officials are warning residents to be skeptical about solicitors who claim to be raising funds on behalf of the police department.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says the solictors tend to "speak in veiled generalities, using emotional ploys insinuating the money goes to purchase bulletproof vests or goes to support the survivors of fallen officers."

He says that while these causes are very worthwhile when they are legitimate, and some fund raising efforts are, "often very little of the funds collected go to support the actual articulated cause. The bulk of the funds go into a ‘general fund,’ which is used with board discretion by the requesting fundraiser."

Guenther says that the department never directly solicits funds from the public for its operations.

He says residents can learn more about the legitimacy of charitable organizations by checking the following websites:

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