The Jamestown Police Department does more than just serve and protect area residents.
Through the help of their union, the JPD recently made a donation to the Gateway Center to be used in whatever way the center sees fit.
According to Officer Corey Moore, the funds for the donation were raised during the annual Kendall Club bowling tournament, and when looking for an organization worthy of the donation, the Gateway Center came to mind.
Officers from the Jamestown Police Department made a surprise visit to the Gateway Center on Thursday to present the organization with a check for $250 to be put toward the center’s needs. From left, Officer Corey Moore, Shawn Dohl, manager of the skate park and family center, Officer Sam Piazza.
P-J photo by Ryan Atkins
"We wanted to help the area youth and assist the Gateway Center with funds to either build or buy supplies," said Sam Piazza. "The Gateway Center gives kids somewhere to go. It helps us out because we're not having to chase them around town because they're getting into trouble."
"I wish I had a place like this to go when I was a kid," said Corey Moore.
According to Shawn Dohl, manager of the skate park and family center, they don't have any plans for how the money will be put to use yet, but the kids who use the Gateway Center will be involved in whatever the decision is.
"As of right now, I don't know what we'll use the funds for," said Dohl. "I just found out about this, so it was a surprise for me. We'll probably get a few kids involved, though, see what they want to do and let them decide. They'll be able to kind of venture out on their own with this."
The Kendall Club, Police Benevolent Association was formed in 1928 as a social organization and named for Officer George Kendall. In the 1950s, it became the Jamestown Police Department's official union. The Kendall Club is well known throughout the Jamestown area for supporting many area youth activities including Bambino league baseball, the Boys and Girls Club and youth soccer teams.
The Gateway center is located at 31 Water St., Jamestown. For more information about the center, call 487-1488, or visit www.thegatewaycenter.org.