Chiefs Call National Police Association a Scam

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An elderly man in Trenton, Mi., received a dire letter that warned of the “greatest threats to our public safety in our nation’s history.” The solution, the letter says, is clear: “Give our law enforcement officers the crime prevention tools they need.” A donation of $10, $15 or $25 would help keep communities like Trenton safe. Donations aren’t directed to the Trenton Police Department — or typically any other police agency, for that matter. Instead, the money makes its way to a new nonprofit based in Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Star reports. Police departments in four states have found the letters to be misleading enough to issue “scam alerts.”  “I’m thinking, ‘What the hell is this, using our name and our police department to raise funds?’” said Trenton Police Lt. Mike Hawkins. “Get out of here.”

The group behind the letters is the National Police Association, a nonprofit that raised more than $100,000 in its first 10 months.  Its president is Eddie Hutchison, 59, who says he volunteers a few hours each week. By day, he works for the Indiana attorney general as a fraud investigator. The group’s treasurer, Derek Peterson, and Hutchison deny they’re running a scam. In fundraising letters, the group paints a dystopian picture of communities and police departments under attack. Their association, formed in 2017, is not a membership organization. Its only physical presence is a P.O. Box in Indianapolis. Hutchison has advocated for conservative criminal justice policies, appearing to benefit from a name that sounds official and implies police membership. Fundraising letters in Germantown, Wi., falsely warned that Germantown is a sanctuary city, not cooperating with federal immigration enforcement. Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell told residents to disregard the letter. He reported the association to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service over what he considered to be fraudulent mail. “It’s a scam,” Hoell said.

18 thoughts on “Chiefs Call National Police Association a Scam

  1. 33 years on the job and never heard of this outfit, or even one thing they’ve done. I give them a grade of SCAM!

  2. I received one of those letters from the so called National Police Association. I did not donate because of my suspicions.
    Never heard of the police asking for money. My dad was a police officer in the fifties and the 4 generations on his side of the family going back to the American Civil War.
    Being a police officers daughter gives you almost a 6th sense for weird things in our society. At least that is what I have experienced.

  3. Just got one of their letters. They are using this “defund the police” as an emergency appeal for support and asking for a minimum of $10.00. But they don’t tell you what the money will be used for. It’s a total scam. My son is a police officer and says he’s never heard of them. Just one more thing to add to my shredder.

  4. i got a letter 2 weeks ago for the national police associaton asking for donations and i thought there is so many scams nowadays i will look it up. they are scammers and i sent back their letter and said so. i have another one saying the same thing only they added clinton township to it where i live in michigan. i think i donated to them a couple of times last year thinking they were legit.

  5. 5/25/21 Received letter today with mailing address to Mail Processing Center, Stafford, TX 77497-1427 not to Indianna. Scam!!

  6. 06/04/2021 I also received a long survey on HUD Potential Low Income Housing in my neighborhood. I will work locally with my City, County & State to place low income housing where needed appropriately. In CA it is more important to defeat SB’s 9 & 10 to stop the ruin of neighborhoods.

  7. I spent 32 years in law enforcement in NJ and NV, including 14 as a chief of police. I never heard of this organization and when I looked them up it became immediately clear that they are a scam. Check them out on Charity Navigator. I sent their letter back telling them they’re thieving scammers and to take my name of their mailing list. FOP, PBA and IACP are legit, but these clowns are not.

  8. I got a request in the mail from the National Police Association , P.O. Box 1427, Strafford , Texas 77497-4758. A letter was enclosed signed by Eddie Hutchison, President and CEO. No telephone was enclosed. Enclosed in the request was a one dollar bill. Since this is a scam I will make a donation to my local Police Dept. if they accept donations along with the on dollar bill. Some agency should check this outfit out and see where the money goes they collect.

  9. National Police and Troopers Association
    Donor Processing Center
    P.O. Box 30051
    Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0051
    Law enforcement officers across the country have joined forces as the N.P.T.A. also known as the International Union of Police Association (I.U.P.A.) to make communities safer and to assist members of law enforcement community.
    Signed, Sam A. Cabral
    President Registered address is Sarasota, Fl. Received 7/19/21

  10. I am constantly receiving donation requests. I looked this one up online to have my information removed from their mailing address. I could not find this address in Utah, but “scam” was mentioned in Sarasota, Florida.
    It said: please make checked payable to:N.P.T.A. Suggested pledge $50.00
    Hero pledge: $60.00
    Donations can help support:financial assistance to fallen officers, congressional advocacy, memorial of fallen officers, pay for costs of fund drive, welfare of organization, and legal representation for members.

  11. I received a solicitation mailing from the National Police Association on 9/2/2021 seeking a donation to support the police. While I totally support the Police (my son-in-law and daughter are sworn to protect and serve, here, locally) … I prefer to donate locally to organizations that I know and trust, recognized in the community and by the Florida Better Business Bureau and have a state business license. This mailing suggests that I send a donation to a P.O. Box 1427 in Stafford, TX 77497-9829 with no specific delineation as to how the money WILL be used ( only that it “CAN”) nor a detail about the make up of the organization or the credentials of its President, Eddie Hutchinson. Validation of the organization on the web clearly came up as a potential/alleged SCAM. Add to this, the mailing contained no personalized stickers/labels, no calendars for 2022, and no offers for a blanket, T-shirt, or mug to signify my support. Hey, Eddie, get with the state-of-the-art!

  12. Police Departments get their funding through the community they serve. An injured officer will stay on the payroll with his sick time and/or workman’s comp. An injured or sick officer does not need outside help. I served 26 years as Police Officer and never heard of this organization.

  13. I just received a mailing from this place today & had noticed previously that some of these are on the 50 worse charities list. I checked Charity Navigator & it didn’t even exist with their address of P.O. Box 1427, Stafford, TX 77497-1427. So I thought you’d want to know they are still hard at it trying to use your name and cheat people!

  14. I have to withhold judgment on this being a scam until I digest all these allegations. I also looked at Charity Navigator and yes the address for the organization says to donate to Stafford TX while the organization is in Indianapolis. That s not evidence of a scam. It is that the fundraising arm is in Texas and the main headquarters is in Indianapolis. There are tax reasons to place fundraising in Texas instead of Indiana. I’m sorry, but this is not evidence of a scam. As for other notes above, I downloaded their 990 Tax Form and read through it looking for what they use the money for. I was surprised at all the expenses they pay to do their fundraising. We all need to recheck our sources and do more due diligence before passing judgment and labeling this specific organization a “SCAM”. [this post has been condensed]

  15. 44 years on the job in IL and a member of the FOP and I have never heard of this outfit. Why would an alleged investigator for the Indiana AG’s office need a PO Box address in Stafford, TX. If this is legit, which I doubt, it is very bad optics.

  16. I received a request for donation to this organization today. When I looked them up, and read more about the organization and their leadership, I was and am convinced it is a SCAM. There are so many organizations out there today that are trying every trick to receive donations. So many are not legitimate, as is this one.

  17. https://nationalpolice.org/dev/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/2019-NPA-Form-990-Public.pdf

    That is a form required to be filed with the IRS – go to the end and read accomplishments –
    It sounds like they do some good stuff. A lot of liberal people will call any police help a scam – I’m not sure but would love to hear from the people involved – like the Boston Police Department for whom they say they helped them against the ACLU – if true – anytime the ACLU is against you I’m for you.

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