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Annapolis police take to rooftops to raise $1,600 for Special Olympics Maryland

Turning a stereotype on its head, Annapolis police officers on Sunday used the association of cops and doughnuts to raise money for charity.

Officers from the Annapolis Police Department took turns sitting on the rooftop of a Dunkin’ Donuts store on West Street in Annapolis, encouraging people to make donations to Special Olympics Maryland.

The stunt is called “Cops on Rooftops” and this is the first time Annapolis officers participated in the event, said Detective Charles Bealefeld, the department’s coordinator of Special Olympics events.

“We’ll get our feet wet and see how it goes,” Bealefeld said prior to Sunday’s event.

The department hoped to raise $1,500, but in the end athletes and officers collected $1,677 in donations to present to Special Olympics.

Officers from the Anne Arundel Community College and Anne Arundel County participated as well.

Annapolis police, like many police agencies, has an ongoing relationship with Special Olympics Maryland. On Oct. 4, police will sponsor their fifth annual Annapolis Police Department One Mile Challenge in downtown Annapolis to benefit Special Olympics.

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