A cop on top of a donut shop…
What might sound like a Dr. Suess-penned episode of Law & Order is actually a fundraiser for a cause championed by a detective with the Topeka Police Department.
Det. Kristi Powell is joined by several area law enforcement officers who will spend Friday on the roof of the Dunkin Donuts, 4009 SW 21st St., in an effort to raise funds and awareness for local Special Olympics athletes.
Powell says the event adds a new twist to the department’s Coffee with a Cop community gatherings.
“Sometimes you come up with something just a little bit out of the ordinary sometimes it catches people’s eye,” said Powell. “We like to have a good time when interacting with the public, so this is just something different. Obviously police officers have an affinity for donuts; we won’t lie about that. This is a great partnership that lets us play a little bit off of that.”
The first two officers scaled the ladder around 5 a.m.
Throughout the day, officers with the Topeka Police Department, Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Capitol Police and the Washburn University Police Department will spend time either on the roof or inside the shop visiting with customers.
This is one of the many fundraisers Powell has organized to support Special Olympics. The detective has worked with the athletes for nearly 20 years and is a member of the nationwide Executive Torch Run Council.
Powell says donations collected Friday will help support a Torch Run set for May 31 in downtown Topeka.
“But more importantly, just having the chance to be involved with the athletes and building relationships with them is what it’s really all about.”
Powell and other officers will be at – and on top of – Dunkin Donuts until 2 p.m. Friday.
“Whether you want breakfast, lunch or whatever; we’re going to hang out for a while,” said Powell. “If you have any questions about the Torch Run or want to get involved, I’ll try to point you in the right direction.”
Powell says Torch Run t-shirts are available for a $25 donation.
The detective also hints that Dunkin Donuts might have a special treat for anyone who stops by to donate.