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"Cops on Top" raises money for Special Olympics

by brockportnews
Tue, Sep 18th 2018 09:00 pm

It’s not often one sees a group of police officers standing on the roof of a coffee shop. On Friday, Sept. 14, the nation-wide event known as “Cops on Top” made its first appearance at the village of Brockport, NY. The event took place from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the village’s Dunkin Donuts located at 4675 Lake Rd S. Brockport, NY 14420. 

The event consisted of police officers standing on the roof of Dunkin Donuts with a money basket, which they held and lowered down with a rope for passing donators. The money raised at the event went towards the New York State Special Olympic games.

People who donated one cent or more to the cause received a free donut of their choice, while a donation of $20 or more was rewarded with a free Cops on Top t-shirt. Donations could also be made by texting BPRT to 41444.  

This year, the Monroe County Police department and Brockport University Police joined forces to represent the event, which unsurprisingly proved for a great turn out of community growth and overall donations. Apart from the community’s involvement, the environment of the fundraiser made for a fantastic start to many patrons’ Friday morning. 

Despite being the first year in which Brockport participated in “Cops on Top,” the town has previously played a role in the Special Olympics. In 1979, The College at Brockport hosted the fifth International Special Olympic games, along with hosting the New York State equivalent of the sporting event in 1975 and 1976. 

The Special Olympics have been part of Brockport and its community for an extensive period of time. The event is widely valued across the town and college, and support from residents, students and faculty has always been present. 

As a whole, the integration of “Cops on Top” into Brockport’s list of fundraising events for the New York State Special Olympic games brings a lot more to the table, and Monroe County police officer, Elliot Cave, believes it will provide a base for growth in community and the games for years to come.   

“This is Brockport’s first year in participation, and it can only get better from here,” Cave said. “The event allows us, as police officers, to interact with the community and give back in a big way.” 

The four hour event got a lot of attention from passing cars, and rightfully so. Quickly after the fundraiser began, the Dunkin Donuts parking lot was full of people scratching their heads to the sight of a roof filled with police officers. 

With coffee in one hand and a donut in the other, the Monroe County and Brockport University Police officers were enjoying themselves, speaking on the importance of the fundraiser with Dunkin Donut customers and everyone who walked by. 

“The event brings everyone together,” University Police Officer, Dennis Schultz said. “Brockport has hosted the New York State Special Olympics, so it’s a no brainer for us to be here. The goal is always to support and look after our community.” 

Brockport’s first time partaking in Cops on Top was a great success. The feedback of the community was a positive one and the cause was a special one. Brockport will look to make the event an annual tradition.