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Kennewick Police Start Program to Help People in Need Using Community Donations

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KENNEWICK, WA. -- A new program in Kennewick will allow officers to have a more hands-on approach when it comes to helping their community.  

Imagine your car is broken down on the side of the road and you desperately need a tow. Or maybe your son or daughter had their favorite bike stolen. With the Kennewick police department's new community cares program, officers will now be able to help you pay for a tow truck or even buy your child a replacement bike after it was stolen! 

The program is starting off with $13,000, even though the check says $12,000, they got some last minute donations. All the money was donated by local community members to help officers support people who need a little bit of help.

Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg says right now there aren't strict guidelines about how officers can administer help using the funds. But they are free to help anyone they think truly needs it. 

"We're just trying to make sure that the police officers have the ability to do the right thing at the right time," Chief Hohenberg said. "If it's based on what they feel is the right decision based on what's in their heart, they're going to be fine."

The police department is also partnering with local businesses to provide services to those in need. Things such as towing, food, clothing and even minor car repairs will be provided to people with help from businesses like Toyota of Tri-Cities. 

The Kennewick Police Department is looking at the initial donations as seed money for the program. They hope to grow Community Cares and keep it going to years to come. 

If you want to help donate, go to kpdfoundation.org. There you can donate to the program. 

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