WESTMINSTER — Carroll County law enforcement officials will team up with Dunkin' Donuts this week — but it has nothing to do with a doughnut delivery for officers.
Local police will join with law enforcement colleagues across Maryland for the second annual Cops on Rooftops event in Westminster, raising money for Maryland Special Olympics.
Maryland State Police Lt. Jim DeWees and Westminster Police Chief Jeff Spaulding will sit on the rooftop of the Westminster Dunkin' Donuts, at 576 Jermor Lane (140 Shopping Center), in Westminster, from 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, into the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 21.
DeWees and Spaulding are collecting pledges, and have set of goal of raising $10,000 for Special Olympics Maryland before they come down off the roof Sunday afternoon.
The Westminster shopping center will host an outdoor festival for families and children from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday on the parking lot, including demonstrations by police K-9 teams and the Westminster Police Department's T-3 mobility device, a display of police cars and equipment, a kids "craft corner" sponsored by Lowes, a rock wall, moon bounce, halo jumper, face painting and more.
For those who contribute $5 or more to Special Olympics, Dunkin Donuts will provide a free cup of coffee or other items — depending upon the size of the donation.
As Spaulding and DeWees spend their weekend on the roof, other officers and Special Olympics athletes will greet customers inside and outside of the store, passing around donation jars.
The Westminster event is one of eight Cops on Rooftops events taking place around the state that weekend. Collectively, law enforcement officials hope to raise more than $80,000.
Last year, five Dunkin' Donuts locations across Maryland participated, collectively raising more than $29,000 for Special Olympics Maryland.