Like it or not, police solicitation allowed |

Like it or not, police solicitation allowed

Lynn Burton
Post Independent Staff

Some folks who thought they were off the hook with telephone solicitors learned otherwise during the weekend.

A Colorado Springs nonprofit organization, the Colorado Police Protective Association, called area residents asking for donations. The association did not violate Colorado’s No Call law, however, because it is a nonprofit charity, and not a for-profit business.

“We get complaints about this kind of call all the time,” said Ken Lane, deputy attorney general for the state of Colorado.

Lane said several types of groups are exempt from Colorado’s No Call law, including charities, political organizations and candidates, public opinion surveyors, and businesses with which an individual already has a relationship. “You can ask to be taken off their list,” Lane said.

Lane said it’s legitimate for organizations such as the Colorado Police Protective to ask for money, but a call recipient can ask for the group’s financial statements and what the donations will be used for.

In the case of the Colorado Police Protective Association, donations go to the families of law enforcement officers killed or injured in the line of duty, solicitors told phone call recipients.

Association representatives were not available for comment on Monday.

Glenwood Springs police chief Terry Wilson said it’s not unusual for people to mistakenly believe the police associations are affiliated with local police departments.

“If people have any questions, they should call their local departments,” Wilson said.

Wilson said the Glenwood Springs police department uses only one outside organization.

The authorized organization puts on a puppet and magic show for children and their parents at Glenwood Springs High School in August or September.

“It’s a huge event,” Wilson said. “People love it.”

Wilson said his department uses funds raised at the show for youth activities.

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