Correctional Training Facility, Salinas Valley SP raise funds for charity

CTF, SVSP and other law enforcement officers pose with Santa during the Cops Giving Tree.

By Lt. Michael Deverick, AA/Public Information Officer
Correctional Training Facility

The schools, police and two state prisons along with their inmates joined forces to make Soledad’s annual Cops Giving Tree the most successful to date.

SVSP Warden William Muniz, left, and CTF acting Warden Shawn Hatton.

The efforts of the Correctional Training Facility (CTF), Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP), the Soledad Police Department and the Soledad School District once again helped to provide families in south Monterey County with an evening of festivities, food and fun.

Law enforcement officials served 600 meals to all in attendance at the Dec. 16 event. A surprise visit from Santa Claus was the highlight of the evening. Santa passed out 90 bicycles and an abundance of toys to local children.

The success of the event would not have been possible without the fundraising efforts of all involved.

“This was our seventh Cops Giving Tree and one of the most successful yet,” said Soledad Police Chief Eric Sills. “We had donations from many local businesses, police and CDCR staff, the school district and even inmates from CTF who raised $6,000 themselves.”

A child selects a bicycle during the annual Cops Giving Tree in Soledad.