Det. Leonhard makes it clear that TAG event is not connected ted to Ashtabula-based charity scam.
A TAG press statement
JEFFERSON_Last year the Trumbull-Ashtabula Group (TAG) along with other Law Enforcement agencies in both Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties started a program called Kids and Cops Campout. Our program was begun to improve relations in our counties between law enforcement and the minority community and to possibly attract more minorities to the law enforcement field. We invited 8-11 year old minority children to Pymatuning State Park for a weekend of camping and other outdoor activities. This was done with the assistance of local clergy, Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nick Iarocci and support of our Ashtabula County Commissioners. All donations to our activity were filtered through the Ashtabula County Deputies Lodge #106 and every donations went 100% directly to the kids and the event. Everyone that assisted in KIDS AND COPS CAMPOUT volunteered their time and a lot of cases their own money.
I felt it necessary to write this letter to inform the public that these two events/organizations are completely UNRELATED. TAG is planning another event at Pymatuning next May and our committee will be sending out letters sometime after the first of the year for anyone wanting to contribute to our function. I just wanted to assure everyone that contributed this past May and in the future that your money was well spent and the 28 kids that slept in tents for the first time, cooked hot dogs and marshmallows over a fire for the first time, fished for the first time, canoed for the first time, shot archery for the first time, went out on a pontoon boats for the first time and fed the fish in Linesville for the first time definitely appreciated your contributions! Due to the similarities in names Kids and Cops Campout and Cops for Kids our Committee is presently considering a name change for our event. If anyone has any questions about our event please feel to contact me at the TAG Task Force or the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office.
Det. Greg Leonhard