Notice on Solicitation / Telemarketing

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police & Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that DOES accept charitable donations from individuals and businesses, of which all or a portion would be tax-deductible. We accept individual donations via our website and corporate sponsorships through relationships with public safety product vendors and service providers. Individuals may also choose to support our organization through Facebook donations or by selecting us as their charity of choice with Amazon Smile or Kroger Community Rewards.

However, please be advised that this organization DOES NOT currently conduct solicitation for donations via telephone or direct mail marketing. If a solicitor identifies themselves as representing "Virginia police chiefs" or the VACP, please let us know.

Many legitimate local (and unaffiliated) police foundations and organizations may solicit donations from local communities via telephone and mail. If you receive such a call, we encourage you to take note of who is calling (by name and number), the date and time. We also encourage you to require donation information to be sent to you via U.S. Mail before considering any donation.

The following are a few organizations that do solicit and might use the phrase "Virginia Police" in their solicitations: the Police Association of Virginia (PAV), the Virginia State Police Association (VSPA), the Virginia State Police Chapter of the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), the Virginia Troopers Alliance, the American Association of State Troopers' Virginia Troopers' Lodge, and the Virginia State Police Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. (Please be advised that this listing is for informational purposes only and is not meant to infer endorsement by the VACP or an encouragement of donation to any of the listed organizations.)

The International Association of Chiefs of Police resolved in 1997 "to secure federal legislation that will bring truth to law enforcement solicitations made by any individual, group or organization and ensure citizens that legitimate law enforcement agencies or officers will benefit from their contributions to fundraising efforts."

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) maintains an online reporting system for telemarketing and other scams, which can be found at and many State Attorneys General offer assistance in reporting and responding to fraud.

If contacted by a charity or organization soliciting a donation, you can research the charity/organization through the Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs online at, the Virginia Attorney General's Office, or by calling toll-free (800) 552-0063 or (804) 786-2042.