NEW CANAAN — Police have clarified that what they thought was a fundraising scam is a legitimate charity.

On June 2, New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said the department was investigating reports of residents being contacted by an organization called the “Veteran Police Association.” The residents were being phoned by the group from a New Canaan phone number that is now no longer in service.

Police were originally unable to find a charity in Connecticut registered under this name. However, after sharing this information, police were contacted by a representative from the New York Veteran Police Association, which is a registered organization in Connecticut and is based out of Baldwin, N.Y. The group solicits donations outside New York as the “Veteran Police Association” and is conducting a yearlong fundraiser in the New Caanaan area via phone calls.

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