Public Safety

'Cop on a Rooftop' to help raise funds for Special Olympics Iowa

Officers to stand atop Dunkin' Donuts in Coralville, Cedar Rapids, Marion on Friday

A customer enters Dunkin’ Donuts on Second Street in Coralville in June 2013. (Kaitlyn Bernauer/The Gazette)
A customer enters Dunkin’ Donuts on Second Street in Coralville in June 2013. (Kaitlyn Bernauer/The Gazette)

CORALVILLE — For one morning at least, the old cliché about police and doughnut shops is going to be true.

On Friday morning, police across the state are to be found at 18 Dunkin’ Donuts locations across the state, including the three shops in Eastern Iowa. The event, “Cop on a Rooftop,” is a fundraiser for Special Olympics Iowa.

While some fundraisers result in money being spent out of the state, Coralville Community Relations Officer Adam Jennings said all proceeds from Friday’s event are to stay in Iowa.

“This one is specific to Iowa,” he said. “The donations at this particular event will benefit the Special Olympics organization and events across the state.”

Two officers from the Coralville Police Department and one each from the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety and Iowa City Police Department are to be at the Coralville Dunkin’ Donuts, 604 Second St., from 6-11 a.m. At the Cedar Rapids location, 2905 Blairs Ferry Road NE, four officers plan to take part in the event. And Marion police officers are participating at the Marion Dunkin’ Donuts, 584 Seventh Ave., according to a tweet from the department.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said last year, one Cedar Rapids officer dressed up in a doughnut costume. He is hopeful the costume makes a return this year.

During the event, an officer or officers are to stand on the roof of the business while other volunteers collect donations at the entrance and drive-through of the business.


“Any donations to the officers at the drive-through or the entrance into the building will result in a coupon for a free hot or iced coffee,” Jennings said.

According to Special Olympics Iowa, 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.

Jennings said he’s expecting a big turnout for Friday’s event.

“We’re definitely expecting a large crowd,” he said. “Usually, an officer on top of Dunkin’ Donuts holding a sign garners a lot of attention.

“That will hopefully bring people in.”


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