Local police officers will be prowling Dunkin’ Donut rooftops Friday morning.
But instead of being on the lookout for bad guys, these coppers will be raising money for Special Olympics Illinois.
For the 16th year in a row, police will be atop almost 300 Dunkin’ Donut shops including locations in Alsip, Bridgeview, Brookfield, Burbank, Calumet City, Calumet Park, Chicago Heights, Country Club Hills, Crestwood, Countryside, East Hazel Crest, Forest View, Frankfort, Harvey, Hodgkins, Hickory Hills, Homewood, Matteson, Midlothian, Mokena, McCook, Lansing, Lemont, Lockport, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights and Palos Park on Friday from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Officers hope to top last year’s donation total of more than $700,000 from 272 rooftops as they go to new heights to raise awareness and donations for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
In return for the police officers doing time at their stores, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate $15,000 to the Torch Run fund.
Everyone who visits a Cop on a Rooftop store and makes a donation to the Torch Run will receive a free doughnut coupon. Individuals who donate at least $10 will receive a Law Enforcement Torch Run travel mug (while supplies last) and a coupon for a free medium coffee.
Other items, such as Torch Run T-shirts and hats, will be sold for various donation amounts, and other activities will vary by Dunkin’ Donuts location.
Dunkin’ Donuts also has created a special glazed red and white donut ring depicting Special Olympics Illinois colors. The donut, called “The Champion,” will be available at Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Chicago and suburbs May 18.
Detective Robbie Peterson of the West Chicago Police Department says “Cop on a Rooftop is important because it puts the athletes of Special Olympics in the forefront that day across the state of Illinois and gives us, law enforcement officers, an opportunity to interact with our community in a positive manner. My involvement with Special Olympics is truly an honor and another chance to uphold the oath I took when I was hired….to protect and serve.”
Special Olympics Athlete Becky Cavanagh of Clarendon Hills adds,” Eating donuts is my favorite part of Cop on a Rooftop. Then I like talking to Detective Robbie and all the nice people who donate.”
A list of all participating locations is at www.soill.org.