The Pittsfield Police Department Officers Union IBPO Local 447 has begun its yearly fundraising campaign. The union is attempting to raise funds to continue to contribute to the community as they have in the past.

The union has for many years contributed to various community organizations and sponsored youth sports and events such as Girl's Inc. (Catholic Youth Center) youth basketball, Pittsfield Little League, YMCA youth sports, etc.

The union has also given numerous scholarships to high school seniors going to college to help with some of the financial burden of college tuition, room and board and study materials.

Residents should be aware that employees from the fundraising company, TCI, will be contacting businesses and residents soliciting for donations. At no time will any officers or members of the Pittsfield Police Department be contacting residents asking for donations.

Under no circumstances will employees of TCI be asking residents to leave any monies or checks at their residence unattended for pickup by representatives of TCI.

If any businesses or residents receive those requests, they should contact Investigator John Mazzeo, treasurer, at 413-448-9700, ext. 342, or Investigator Andrew Couture, president, at 413-448-9700, ext. 370.