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As part of a national fundraising effort for Special Olympics, Westminster Police Department Chief Jeff Spaulding, Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees, Maryland State Police Lt. Pat McCrory and Carroll County State's Attorney Brian DeLeonardo have volunteered to spend the weekend on the roof of Dunkin' Donuts in Westminster.

"Cops and donuts have a long, humorous history together, so it was only fitting that we team up with the great folks at Dunkin' Donuts for this light-hearted event," Spaulding said in a news release. "This event allows us to do something great for an incredible organization and poke a little fun at ourselves at the same time. What could be better than that?"

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The group's collective fundraising goal is $9,000. They will be on the roof of Dunkin' Donuts in the 140 Village Shopping Center on Jermor Lane from Saturday, Oct. 10 at 6 a.m. until noon on Sunday, Oct. 11.

Last year, four Maryland police departments participated in the effort and raised more than $25,000 for the Athletes of Special Olympics Maryland. This year six Dunkin' Donuts across the state will take part in the program, in College Park, Frederick, Laurel, Hyattsville, California and Westminster.

Spaulding encouraged Dunkin' Donuts customers and the general public to stop by and support the officers in their efforts to raise both funds and awareness for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Maryland. Along with law enforcement volunteers who will be on the rooftop, other officers and Special Olympics athletes will greet customers inside and outside of the store, passing around donation jars and rallying support for the cause.

To donate, visit www.copsonrooftops.com.

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