Huge Sale Benefits Topeka Police Department

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TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) -- The Citizens Academy Ambassadors figured the best way to raise money for its cause was to have a good old fashioned garage sale.

The huge sale was held at the Crestview shelter house in Shunga Park, and was a collection of various items donated by Topeka residents.

Anyone could buy and browse the rows of used electronics, furniture, decor items, books, kitchenware and more.

The Citizens Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit organization that raises money thoughout the year for the Topeka Police Department in all sorts of ways.

"It's been one of our best fund raisers so we can stock up our little bank account so we can help out our community and our police department," President of the clug Mimi Leonard said. "We've done things in the past like decorate their interview room for the department, purchased microwaves for the third shift officers so they have some place to get a hot meal."

The Ambassadors go through a 13-week program to learn about the different departments and innerworkings of the police department. People in the class are put into hypothetical situations a real officer would be in, so they understand how the department works.

The organization has purchased water for the officers at the firing range and done bigger projects like help the families of Topeka's two fallen officers, Gogian and Atherly, go to Washington D.C. to see the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.