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'Cops on Rooftops' raises $38,000 statewide for Special Olympics

By Jon Sham

1:25 PM EDT, October 4, 2012

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The Cops on Rooftops campaign, started and led by Laurel Police Department Cpl. Beth Thomas, released the results of its annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Maryland.

Thomas, who spent 31 hours on the roof of Dunkin Donuts on Baltimore Avenue in Laurel over the weekend, said in an email Thursday that the city's effort raised $10,769 — more than $2,000 more than their yearly average.

Other police departments around the state participated as well. University of Maryland police raised $6,400; Westminster police raised $6,199; Hyattsville police raised $5,750; and the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office raised $1,500. The Maryland Transportation Authority in Aberdeen and Reisterstown raised $4,200 and $3,700, respectively.

The funds will go to uniforms, training, traveling and other expenses for Special Olympics athletes.