Secret Santa makes record donation to local police department

LOWER PAXTON TOWNHIP, Pa. --  The members of the Lower Paxton Township Police Department in Dauphin County are extending a warm thank you to a generous Secret Santa.  An anonymous donor gave the department $5,000.  The township's public safety director says it's the largest private donation ever given to the department.

"The family that donated this money made a point of saying that they were upset by the negative national press that seems to be criticizing and second-guessing almost everything police do," said David Spotts.  "They were aware that Lower Paxton Township has a great police department and wanted to do something tangible to help with that.  But $5,000 is just above and beyond -- and the fact that it's anonymous, you know it's heartfelt."

Spotts says the money will fund a Youth Forensics Academy, as well as the promotion of health and welfare among department staff.