Laurel cops to sit on roof of Dunkin Donuts for Special Olympics fundraiser

If you visit or drive by the Laurel Dunkin' Donuts on Route 1 between 6 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, don't be alarmed if you see police officers on the roof.

Laurel Police officers will be posted on the roof of the Dunkin' Donuts for 31 hours to participate in a fundraising event for the Special Olympics, called Cops on Rooftops.

The fundraiser, in its fourth year, was started by Laurel Police Cpl. Beth Thomas and has spread to other locations across the state.

"Four years ago I thought it would be a great idea to embrace the cops and doughnuts stereotype and try to put together a fundraiser for Special Olympics Maryland," Thomas wrote in an email.

The police officers stay on the roof day and night, and use a megaphone to get attention from customers. Thomas said they drop a bucket drop down from the roof, and customers can put their donations in the bucket.

The event will feature face painters, clowns, a disc jockey, a moon bounce, prizes for kids and a $1 raffle for gift baskets.

For more information or to donate online, go to

Check back on Saturday to see a video and pictures from Cops on Rooftops.

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