The Bloomsburg Police Benevolent Association otherwise known as the PBA was formed in 1987. The benevolent association is the social organization of the department whose mission is to perform acts of goodwill in the Bloomsburg community.
The association includes both full-time and part-time police officers of the Town of Bloomsburg. The non-profit PBA consists of a president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary.
PBA membership consists of a membership fee where police officers contribute monies weekly to a fund established to make donations to community minded groups and organizations within Bloomsburg as well as providing two scholarships to graduating Bloomsburg High School students pursuing careers in the criminal justice field.
The PBA has made donations to the following organizations in the last year:
- Bloomsburg Football Boosters
- Red Cross 911 Disaster Fund
- Big Apple Relay for Life Run
- American Legion Post 273
- John Reigel Memorial Scholarship
- YMCA Charity Golf Tournament
- Town of Bloomsburg
- Purchased Halloween Trick or Treat Bags for Children distributed by police
The Bloomsburg Police Department also provides a graduating senior from Bloomsburg High School a "good citizen" scholarship. The scholarship was developed in 1974 when a Japanese man by the name of James Denkichi Urabe bequeathed monies to the police department to be given to a student who is a good citizen, is involved in the school activities, is of good character and maintains a high scholastic average. The faculty of Bloomsburg High School selects the recipient.
From time to time the PBA does solicit donations from community minded businesses and persons to sustain the above listed projects. Donations to the PBA can be mailed to:
Bloomsburg Police Officers Association
P.O. Box 523
Bloomsburg, PA 17815