Sarasota Police Department to donate more than $35,000 to local programs & groups

SARASOTA, Fla. – September 24, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

On Friday, September 26, 2014 at 9:30 a.m., Police Chief Bernadette DiPino, along with members of the Sarasota Police Department, will donate more than $35,000 in Law Enforcement Trust Funds to local programs and groups that teach crime prevention and drug abuse prevention education.

The presentation will be held in the 2nd Floor Community Room at the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.

The groups receiving donations include the Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club, Sarasota Drug Free Youth Initiative, Selah Freedom House of Sarasota, First Step Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Center, Youth United for Success Mentoring Outreach Program, Sarasota Police Department Crime Prevention Program, Girls Inc of Sarasota County, SPARCC (Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center), Sarasota Housing Authority Summer Program, The Salvation Army and Cal Ripken, Sr. Badges for Baseball.

The Sarasota Police Department views these particular programs as excellent examples of grass-roots crime prevention and drug abuse prevention programs.

According to Florida Statute for State Law Enforcement Trust Funds (LETF), any local law enforcement agency that acquires at least $15,000 pursuant to the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act within a fiscal year, must expend or donate no less than 15 percent of such proceeds for the support or operation of any drug treatment, drug abuse education, drug prevention, crime prevention, safe neighborhood or school resource officer programs.