I live in a small town in upstate New York, with a very small police force who is always struggling to make their budget. When reading about this the thought came to me of donating to help the police force. While most police departments accept cash donations, my thoughts quickly turned to the many problems this could cause. What if I was wealthy and wanted to donate $50,000 or $100,000 to help out my police force. What if several people in my town did that.
How would you feel upon learning that several individuals in your town donated large amounts of money to the police? Would that make you uneasy? It sure would make me uneasy. What do you think would happen if one of those people got in trouble with the police? Would you think that they might get treated differently than you or I? Would such donors be viewed as philanthropists or viewed with great suspicion?