The Decorah Police Department was notified of an advertising campaign soliciting donations that, based on appearances, supports the Decorah Police Department. It is important that community members know that the Decorah Police Department is not affiliated with this group, and does not receive any monetary support from this organization. The organization, “Citizens Behind the Badge” participates in a direct mail “survey”, usually surrounding a hot topic associated with policing, in an attempt to manipulate and take advantage of people’s emotions for money. This specific organization is based in Virginia and is not listed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the IRS.
This particular “scam” is not new and has been reported in New York, Arkansas, New Jersey, Iowa, and many other states.
The Decorah Police Department does not solicit donations by mail, and we encourage all residents to research organizations prior to making their donations.
The Decorah Police Department encourages individuals with concerns or questions to reach out via the non emergency line at 563-382-3667.