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Police warn about illegal solicitors
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The Gainesville Police Department is warning residents to be wary of door-to-door solicitors who without authorization use the department’s name to acquire quick cash.“We want to make our citizens aware of what’s going on, so when they are approached by illegal solicitors, they know what to do,” police spokesman Cpl. Joe Britte said. “What (the solicitors are) doing is basically going door-to-door saying they are members of Gainesville police or the Fraternal Order of Police and soliciting money for whatever made-up, imaginary fundraiser.”Britte stressed the proper legal parameters an authorized solicitor would have.“First of all, they would present some sort of credential. In order for you to go door-to-door, you would have to get with our business license office and apply for that service, the city of Gainesville city business office, to verify if the permit is legitimate,” Britte said.Furthermore he said, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone.“You need to call us, the community relations unit, office of major or administrative assistant to the chief, to verify if they are soliciting for a legitimate program,” Britte said.And the department does partner with legitimate soliciting organizations.“We have programs that we set up with law publications.