For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Andrew Frankel , Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5881

COPS GIVE TURKEYS NOT TICKETS

Berkeley, California (Monday, November 24, 2008) -  On Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 6:00am, members of the Berkeley Police Department (BPD), University of California Police Department and members of the community will gather in front of Old City hall to continue a 24 year tradition. 

This trifecta of civic-minded folks will assemble 250 food baskets for distribution by uniformed BPD and Parking Enforcement Officers.  Each basket will contain a turkey, fresh produce, and enough canned and packaged food to feed approximately 8 people.   A second batch of 250 baskets will be given out just before the Christmas Holiday. 

BPD and UCPD officers raised the funds used to purchase the turkey baskets as part of their annual “Turkey Ride.”  The Turkey Ride was conceived in 1983 when three BPD officers rode their bikes from Berkeley to South Lake Tahoe.  During the venture it was decided that the ride could be used in future years as a fund raising activity to help struggling families during the holiday season. 

2008 was a record fundraising year with almost $12,000 raised by the riders.  However, the goals of this program couldn’t have been met without significant help from the community.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Safeway for their donation of almost all of the turkeys and the Berkeley Rotary Club for once again making a generous donation.

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