In response to periodic inquiries from the public, the New York State Police advises state residents that neither the state police, nor any agency authorized by it, ever solicits donations from the general public.

A number of organizations with official-sounding names conduct fundraising campaigns in which they solicit monetary donations for various purposes. Solicitors appeal for dollars to help support law enforcement initiatives, such as the purchase of safety equipment, charitable summer camp programs or anti-DWI campaigns.

The New York State Police receives its funding through the state budget and does not engage in telephone solicitations to the general public.