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By Pam Stevens
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Granite Falls community pledge drive to assist police department

 

December 3, 2012

Police cars outside of the Granite Falls Police Department .

The Pilchuck Foundation announces the launch of the “We Pledge Our Support” community campaign to assist the Granite Falls Police Department, according to Board Chair Catherine Anderson.

The pledge drive goal is $450,000 over a three-year period.

“This campaign is a pioneering community solution to help augment the police department’s budget, to pay for essential training, equipment, and technology,” she explained. “This funding does not replace the City’s budget, but it certainly will help.”

The initial three-month pledge drive is beginning now, with residents and businesses being asked to consider donating a minimum of $10 a month for 36 months. The donations will go to the Pilchuck Foundation, a local non-profit organization whose stated mission is to provide funding and support to the Granite Falls Fire Department and Police Department.

Anderson explained the Pilchuck Foundation will provide strict accountability for the tax deductible funds.

The campaign idea came about after Councilmember Matt Hartman challenged citizens at a public hearing to come up with concrete solutions to save the Granite Falls Police Department (GFPD).

At that point, Mayor Haroon Saleem and the City Council were discussing the option of contracting public safety to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO).

Despite several options being presented to the Council that would avert contracting, a motion passed on October 3 to continue negotiations with SCSO.

Anderson said that’s when the idea of a petition came up.

“By October 17 we had collected over 800 signatures, and presented them at the City Council meeting. The Council then passed a new motion to drop the contract discussions and look for ways to support our local police department.”

“Now it’s time to take the next step, with each of us putting in a little to make a huge difference to our community’s public safety,” Anderson said.

More information and a video presentation can be seen at the Pilchuck Foundation’s website, at http://www.PilchuckFoundation.org.

 

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