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Local Law Enforcement Participates in 3rd Annual Cop on a Roof Event

Post Date:08/12/2019 9:11 AM

For the third year in a row, hundreds of law enforcement officers from throughout the state will rise to the occasion and support the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics Minnesota atop 14 Dunkin’ rooftops on August 16, 2019.  The Rochester Police Department and Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office will have activities from 6:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Dunkin’ located at 15 1st Avenue SW.

In return for the law enforcement officers doing time at their restaurants, Dunkin’ will donate $1,000 to the Law Enforcement Torch Run. In addition, each guest who visits a Cop on a Rooftop location that day and makes a donation will receive a free donut coupon (limit one per guest).  Dunkin’ also has created a special glazed red and white donut ring depicting Special Olympics Minnesota colors. The donut, called “The Champion,” will be available while supplies last at Dunkin’ locations in Minnesota on August 16, 2019.

“Minnesota law enforcement has been supporting Special Olympics Minnesota since 1986 with various events to raise awareness and generate support. Locally, we are lucky to support the Rochester Area Flyers Special Olympics Team,” said Sheriff Kevin Torgerson. “The Flyers have over 300 athletes competing in nine different events year around. There is great joy in seeing these people work, play, socialize and love their friends, families and teammates. I encourage everyone to support Special Olympics by volunteering for an event, coaching and donating to this great group of people.”

In addition to the activities at Dunkin’ the Rochester Police Department will have a variety of activities in front of the store as well.  The activities include a K9 demo, the Community Action Team booth, coloring books and information kits, the Emergency Response Unit, and bean bag games with Special Olympic athletes and officers.  The activities are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

“We are proud to participate in this event.  It provides us an opportunity to support the efforts of the Law Enforcement Torch Run organization.  We encourage all members of our community to stop by and see us, as we celebrate and raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Minnesota,” shares Chief Jim Franklin.

Founded in 1973, Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. These programs and sports would not be possible without support and fundraising from Law Enforcement officers and the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). In 2018, over $4 million dollars were raised by Law Enforcement officers through events such as Cop on Tops, 5k’s, Tip A Cops, and the Polar Plunge.