Four years ago, Laurel Police Cpl. Beth Thomas thought it would be a good idea to make use of the popular jokes about cops-and-doughnuts. Instead of stepping away from the stereotype of police officers being such enthusiastic doughnut consumers, Thomas used the image to create a fundraising novelty event for Special Olympics Maryland.

Cops and Special Olympics are a much more realistic partnership, as Laurel Police officers are among the most active supporters of Special Olympics Maryland.

So in what is now an annual event, up on the rooftop went Thomas and other Laurel Police officers at 6 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, where Thomas planned to stay for 31 hours (even sleeping on the roof), as a fundraising stunt. As patrons approached the entrance to the Route 1 Dunkin Donuts, Thomas and the officers used a megaphone to draw their attention up to the roof, then dropped a donation bucket on a rope down from the roof to gather cash.

A DJ added some musical entertainment and a moon bounce helped draw attention to the Cops on Rooftops event.


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Thomas’  fundraiser has spread to other doughnut shops across the state. Donations can also be made online at www.copsonrooftops.com.