Fayetteville police donate seized money to local nonprofit

(City of Fayetteville)

The Fayetteville Police Department last week donated $10,000 to the Children’s Safety Center of Washington County.

The money was seized and forfeited from people who were involved in criminal activity, according to a social media post from the department.

“The Children’s Safety Center has been an invaluable resource to our NWA community, and a great partner of the Fayetteville Police Department for the past 26 years,” said Fayetteville Police Chief Mike Reynolds. “We wanted to show our gratitude and support their mission. It’s an honor and I’m proud to share these forfeited funds knowing they will be utilized to advocate for children who experience abuse and trauma.”

The donation was made possible through federal equitable sharing laws, which allow agencies to donate up to $25,000 a year to community nonprofits whose stated missions support law enforcement efforts, policies, or initiatives, such as a drug treatment facility, job skills program, or a youth program with drug and crime prevention education.

Founded in 1997, the Children’s Safety Center aims to bring together professionals who serve child victims, including law enforcement, child protective services, victim service providers, prosecutors, medical personnel, mental health professionals, and community volunteers.

Chief Reynolds and Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan joined representatives from the center at the department for a check presentation ceremony last week.