T he FBINAA Charitable Foundation has come a long way since bylaws were approved by the FBINAA national board in August 24, 2010. The Charitable Foundation was created as a result of damages from hurricane Katrina, resulting in FBINAA re- ceiving donations so 90 FBINAA graduates each received $1,000 in assistance. This is when the flag was raised regarding the 501 (c)(3) status for training verses charitable causes. In 2011, the FBINAA Charitable Foundation Board of Directors was appointed by the FBINAA Executive Board. The Foundation began with a donation of $12,000 as well as a bill for $10,000 for setting up the Charitable Foundation as a 501 (c) (3). Through a wide variety of fundraising activities and gener- ous donors, including FBINAA Chapters, individuals like Ed Fuller, and corporations like 5.11 Tactical, the Charitable Foundation has been able to grow. Year to date, the Charitable Foundation has given $171,000 to FBINAA members, for disaster relief, family assistance and college scholarships. continued from "Community's Response" page 18 private, not-for-profit organization that was established in 1971. It helps people with substance use and behavioral health disor- ders by providing high quality, recovery oriented and strengths- based outpatient treatment and prevention services that are available to all residents of Oswego and surrounding counties (Farnham Family Services). Citizens can present to the Oswego Police Department for immediate referral into the program which will assess and evaluate the patient to find an appropriate program. A second and equally important component of the pro- gram is the ability for citizens to bring any unused drugs or drug paraphernalia with them to the police department without risk or fear of being criminally charged as long as they are seeking inclusion in the REAP program. Additionally, through a coopera- tive agreement the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, we have offered a “no criminal charge” aspect for parents of teens who they suspect may be involved in illegal drugs if the seek the police department’s assistance in intervention and inclusion in the program. The Oswego City Police Department, and I as Chief, remain committed to furthering our partnerships as we continue to seek answers. Recent efforts have been made to meet regularly with community stakeholders to help evaluate the current programs in place, seek new programs that may be on the horizon and to take a closer look at root causes associated with illegal drug use. In today’s environment we can no longer use the phrase “it’s not an enforcement issue”. The fact is, it’s everyone’s issue and we must work together as a community, as service providers, and as human beings to help bring an end to the needless deaths

The Charitable Founda- tion continues to grow and most recently has hired a man- ager of strategic partnerships to assist us in fundraising. Join us in welcoming Karen Kill- pack to our team. Karen has a strong background in develop- ing strategic partnerships and will work with us to reach this year’s fundraising goal of $1 million dollars. Stay tuned for many events and initiatives from your FBINAA Charitable Foundation.

Please visit our website https://fbinaafoundation.org where you will find more information on our history, services offered to our members, and ways you can assist the Charitable Foundation reach the million dollar goal in 2019.

and destruction that these drugs bring to our friends, family and loved ones.

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Adams, T. (2018). Opiate Addiction – The Painkiller Addiction Epidemic, Heroin Addiction

and the Way Out, 6th Edition. 2

DARE America (2017). Retrieved from https://

www.dare.org/ 3

National Institute on Drug Abuse, Advancing Addiction Science (2017). Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/opioid-overdose- reversal-naloxone-narcan-evzio 4 Farnham Family Services. Retrieved from http://farnhaminc.org/index. tpl?selector=Home

About the Author: Tory L. DeCaire is the Chief of Police in Oswego, NY which is a city in Central New York located on the shore of Lake Ontario with a population of about 18,000 people. The full-service police depart- ment employs 47 sworn officers and provides police services on a 24/7/365 basis. Chief DeCaire is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Public Justice. Hired by the Oswego City Police Department as a Patrol Officer in 1998, he has 20 years of police experience with the last six of which as Chief of Police. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session #271.

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