Sarasota Police to donate $60,000 to local programs & groups

SARASOTA, Fla. – September 22, 2015 – 9:30 a.m.

On Thursday, September 24 2015 at 10:30 a.m., Police Chief Bernadette DiPino, along with members of the Sarasota Police Department, will donate $60,000 in Law Enforcement Trust Funds to local programs and groups that teach crime prevention and drug abuse prevention education.

The groups receiving donations include: The Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club, Selah Freedom House of Sarasota, Youth United Success for Mentoring Outreach Program, Girls, Inc. of Sarasota County, Sarasota Housing Authority Summer Program, The Salvation Army, Cal Ripken, Sr. Badges for Baseball, Unidos Now, Booker High School Law Academy, Booker High School Inner City Hope Project, Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Foundation (FLPDMP), Do the Right Thing, Manatee Glens, Habitat for Humanity for City Dwellings in Newtown, Inmate Ministry Foundation, The Florida Crime Prevention Association Southeast States Conference, The Gillespie Park Reading Program, Sarasota Drug Free Youth (D-Fy).

The Sarasota Police Department views these particular programs as excellent examples of grass-roots crime prevention and drug abuse prevention programs. "These programs help to educate and strengthen our youth," said Chief Bernadette DiPino. "This gives us the ability to help organizations who are in need of assistance and helps unite our Police Officers and our Community," said DiPino.

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.