Chief's Corner

Police Chief's Corner - Newsletter
March 2019

Detective Harry Kuleski is Presented the Chief's Award Medal

At last night's City Commission meeting, Police Chief Tom Foster presented Auxiliary Detective Harry "Happy" Kuleski with the Chief's Award Medal. Over the past 6 years, Detective Kuleski has demonstrated long term dedication and excellence while performing assigned investigative duties on a volunteer basis. Detective Harry Kuleski has handled hundreds of cases which otherwise would have taken officers off the road to investigate.

Members of the City Commission and most of the Police Department in photo of Detective Harry Kuleski receiving the Chief's Award Medal

Early Learning Coalition Expands Officer Friendly Program to Bunnell Police Department

The Early Learning Coalition of Flagler & Volusia (ELCFV) kicked off a partnership on March 11th with the Bunnell Police Department to bring the “Officer Friendly” Program to the City of Bunnell. Each month, Bunnell Police Officers will visit selected early learning programs to read stories to preschool aged children. Stories will focus on building children’s self- esteem, developing their social skills and creating positive relationships with police officers. ELCFV will provide each early learning program with play- based activities which will enrich their existing curriculum and extend the learning well after the officer has left the program, leaving a lasting impression on the children.

"The Bunnell Police Department is excited to be part of this valuable program. We believe that community engagement and early intervention with our children, is an investment for the future of our community. We hope to develop trust with our youth and look forward to our continued partnership with the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia." Chief Tom Foster

ELCFV’s School Readiness program help prepares children for kindergarten and beyond and there are many more children in need of quality early learning. If you are interested in partnering with ELCFV to help more children in need attend quality early learning child care programs call (386)323-2400 or toll free (877)352-0065 or visit their website at www.elcfv.org.

The Early Learning Coalition of Flagler & Volusia (ELCFV) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization who administers subsidized School Readiness early learning child care programs for children birth to age five and the Voluntary PreKindergarten program for four-year-olds. For more information, contact the ELCFV at (386) 323-2400, toll free (877) 352-0065, or visit www.elcfv.org.

Officer Zapata reading to the class. Officer Hirschi reading to the class

Officer Adrian Zapata (left) and Officer Matt Hirschi (right) read to a class at the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler & Volusia.

Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts from IRS

Attention City of Bunnell residents and business owners; don't become a victim to tax scams. Remember … if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Tax Payers and Tax Professionals

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released an alert warning of phishing email scams targeting last-minute tax filers. The alert describes common features of these cyber crimes and includes recommendations to protect against them: strengthen passwords, recognize phishing attempts, and forward suspicious emails to phishing@irs.gov. Please visit these IRS resources as well for further valuable information.

IRS Alert
Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks

IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scam

An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

Or, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information.

If the phone isn't answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.

Note that the IRS will never: 1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill; 2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; 3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card; 4) ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or 5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

E-mail, Phishing and Malware Schemes

These emails are designed to trick taxpayers into thinking these are official communications from the IRS or others in the tax industry, including tax software companies. The phishing schemes can ask taxpayers about a wide range of topics. E-mails can seek information related to refunds, filing status, confirming personal information, ordering transcripts and verifying PIN information.

Variations of these scams can be seen via text messages, and the communications are being reported in every section of the country.

When people click on these email links, they are taken to sites designed to imitate an official-looking website, such as IRS.gov. The sites ask for Social Security numbers and other personal information, which could be used to help file false tax returns. The sites also may carry malware, which can infect people's computers and allow criminals to access your files or track your keystrokes to gain information.