Customers flock to Dunkin' Donuts for Cop on a Rooftop

Officers help raise money for Special Olympics Iowa

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Few eyebrows would likely be raised by the sight of a police officer — or anyone else for that matter — in a doughnut shop.

But put a few officers on top of a doughnut shop and you’re bound to get a few double-takes.

Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said she and her two fellow officers got a few strange looks from visitors to Dunkin’ Donuts Friday morning. The officers were perched on top of the store for several hours Friday as part of the “Cop on a Rooftop” funddraiser for Special Olympics Iowa.

Hamblin said the police — joined by three volunteers on the ground who were accepting donations — had a little fun at a few customers’ expense who didn’t see them on the roof.

“We’d start yelling at them from the roof and they’d look around,” she said.

Police across the state took to the doughnut shop rooftops at 18 locations across the state Friday, including Dunkin’ Donuts in Cedar Rapids, Marion and Coralville. Cop on a Rooftop is one of many events planned each year by Law Enforcement Torch Run. Last year, Law Enforcement Torch Run raised more than $875,000 for Special Olympics Iowa athletes, officials from the non-profit said in a news release.

Hamblin said they had a steady stream of customers all morning.

“I haven’t looked at the money or anything, but everybody has just been so generous for Special Olympics,” she said.

This is the second year police have participated in the fundraiser.

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