Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

From Crime, $60,000 for Good | Police Department Donates Money from Contraband Seizures to Local Organizations

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

From Crime, $60,000 for Good | Police Department Donates Money from Contraband Seizures to Local Organizations

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SARASOTA

SARASOTA -- The Sarasota Police Department on Thursday handed out checks totaling $60,000 to 18 local organizations.

The money came from the department's Law Enforcement Trust Fund, which collects items through the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act. Any agency acquiring at least $15,000 must donate or spend at least 15 percent of the funds on crime prevention methods, including drug treatment, drug abuse education, safe neighborhood activities or school resource officer programs.

"We're happy to hand out checks instead of tickets or arrests," Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino said. "We're proud to partner with you."

Recipients include:

- The Salvation Army, $10,000

- Sarasota Housing Authority, $10,000

- Habitat for Humanity for city dwellings in Newtown, $7,500

- Centerstone of Florida (formerly Manatee Glens), $7,500

- Cal Ripken Sr. Badges for Baseball, $5,000

- Roy McBean Boys and Girls Club, $5,000

- Girls Inc. of Sarasota County, $2,500

- Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Foundation, $2,000

- UnidosNow, $2,000

- Florida Crime Prevention Association for the Southern States Conference, $1,500

- Booker High School for Inner City Hope Project, $1,000

- Booker High School Law Academy, $1,000

- Do The Right Thing, $1,000

- Inmate Ministry Foundation, $1,000

- Selah Freedom, $1,000

- Trinity Youth and Family Services Youth United for Success for mentoring outreach program, $1,000

- The Gillespie Park Reading Program, $500

- Sarasota Drug Free Youth, $500

"We're really looking to reach out to young people, to give them support to reach their dreams and goals," DiPino said. …

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