Local law enforcement officers traded their handcuffs and badges for aprons and gourmet burgers at the Nicholasville Red Robin restaurant as part of the national Tip-A-Cop event benefiting Special Olympics.
20-30 local law enforcement officers served customers and collected tips to raise money for the Special Olympics.
Bluegrass officers say they raised more funds last year at the Red Robin in Nicholasville than all of the other locations in Kentucky combined.
“You know it's a great time for the community to come and connect with us, especially on the law enforcement end when it's not standing at the side of their car writing them a ticket,” said Sgt. Scott Harvey with the Nicholasville Police Department. “This is a way for us to positively impact the public and for them to help out the Special Olympic athletes.”
Law enforcement officers in 35 states participated. At the Nicholasville Red Robin there was enforcement from: Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office, Nicholasville Police, Wilmore Police, U.S. Bureau-Lexington ATF, Lexington Community Corrections, Lexington Department Citizen’s Academy and Kentucky State Police.
Red Robin has raised more than 2.5 million dollars for the Special Olympics in eight years.
Special Olympics is the world’s largest program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Tip-A-Cop is part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run campaign which includes an international series of relay runs and special events like Tip-A-Cop presented by more then 85,000 law enforcement officers worldwide to help raise money and public awareness for Special Olympics.