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Alaska Peace Officers Association donates 57,000 pounds of food and funds to food bank

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 4:43 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska Peace Officers Association (APOA) donated over 57,000 pounds worth of food and funds to the Fairbanks Community Food Bank.

This was part of a yearly competition where law enforcement agencies hold food drives to see who can raise the most for the food bank - and this year, the Fairbanks Police Department (FPD) took first prize.

“We were really fortunate,” Richard Sweet, Deputy Chief of the Fairbanks Police Department commented. “We came in with over 27,000 pounds, primarily from Costco. A big shout out to Costco, just the organization as a whole. They’re very outward thinking, very giving, allowed us for free to sit there and bother their customers as they’re coming in... a place where we can sit and absorb and take in a larger quantity of food items for people.”

The various agencies gathered this week to donate and celebrate a successful year of food drives at the food bank, and according to Sweet, on top of the support from Costco, the success came from dedicated officers looking to help.

“The other thing is our volunteers inside the department are huge,” Sweet remarked. “We can’t do it without the officers who give their time, away from their families. They see it as important, something that’s the commitment that the department looks for in our police officers - community based and volunteers. That’s something across the board - Alaska State Troopers, North Pole, [Airport] Police and Fire, and University of Alaska Fairbanks - all of your law enforcement agencies have that same goal in mind.”

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