Date: February 21, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

Sheriff Crow Alerts Citizens to Fundraising Effort

Polk County Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr. is alerting residents of a fundraising effort in the county that will be taking place in the coming weeks.

With all of the fraudulent practices of fundraising organizations in the news, Sheriff Crow would like residents to know that the letters going out under his name on behalf of the Florida Sheriffs Association are legitimate.

There are a number of organizations that have formed in recent years with similar-sounding names, but Sheriff Crow warns citizens to be wary of them, especially when they use high-pressure telemarketing tactics.

"The Florida Sheriffs Association is not only an honorable organization to support, it directly impacts public safety in this county," Sheriff Crow said.  "FSA provides specialized training, special task forces and legislative and legal services that we wouldn't have access to otherwise."  He says that because FSA unites the efforts of all Sheriffs' offices in the state, citizens enjoy a significant cost savings for better quality policing.

Unlike many nonprofits, FSA does not use outside companies to carry out membership campaigns.  "I'm proud to say that throughout its 110-year history, the Florida Sheriffs Association has never used telephone marketing for fundraising," Sheriff Crow said.  "All appeals are done through the U.S. Mail, preserving the citizens' privacy."  FSA adamantly opposes the use of telemarketers in promoting membership and does not sell or rent their membership list to outside organizations or companies.

If you receive a telephone solicitation from anyone claiming to be from the Florida Sheriffs Association – please be aware that this is a fraudulent call.  Report it immediately by calling: 1-800-877-2168, or sending an e-mail to:

Residents who do not receive a letter from the Sheriff on behalf of the Florida Sheriffs Association may show their support of local law enforcement by mailing their name, address and a $20 check to: 

  • Membership, Florida Sheriffs Association
  •  P.O. Box 12519
  •  Tallahassee, FL  32317-2519.

For further background, you may also visit the Florida Sheriffs Association web site:

The Florida Sheriffs Association is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation made up of the 67 Sheriffs of Florida, business leaders and citizens throughout the state.  Its headquarters are in Tallahassee, Florida.  For more information, contact FSA  at:             850-877-2165.

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

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