Police chief warns about solicitations claiming to be for department

SALEM — Salem’s police chief said the department is not involved in any fundraising efforts and warned residents to be cautious when receiving any solicitation for donations.

Some Salem residents have been receiving mailings from a Virginia-based organization called “Citizens Behind the Badge,” which look like solicitations for donations to support the Salem Police Department, Chief Lucas Miller said Friday.

“This isn’t the only one, but it’s the most recent,” said Miller.

The organization is actually an advocacy group formed, according to its website, “to put an end to the misguided and disastrous movement to ‘defund the police’ and to ensure that our law enforcement professionals receive the support and resources needed to keep America safe.”