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ACPD Hosts 'Tip-A-Cop' Event at Red Robin

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Quite a few people in Albemarle County got served by Albemarle County Police Department Saturday, but it's not what you might think.

ACPD held its “Tip-A-Cop” fundraiser at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Saturday.

“It is amazing that people that people wants to help raise money for athletes,” Special Olympian Josh Rocker said.

ACPD invited people to come out to the restaurant to help raise money for the annual Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run.

“This is an annual event that law enforcement partners all across the country partners with Red Robin to raise awareness and donations for Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run,” First Sgt. Steven Wilkins of ACPD said.

Officers served as guest waiters and waitresses and helped take orders, serve food, and clear tables, working hard for that tip.

“It's a way for the police department and law enforcement to get involved with the community while also benefiting the great philanthropy,” Wilkins said.

Rocker is an all-star athlete who participates in volleyball, swimming, tennis, track, and golf. Being a part of the “Tip-A-Cop” event to support other athletes who want to compete in the games is important to him.

“A lot of stuff we can do for helping the community and that's important about it,” Rocker said.

“We want the community to understand we want nothing more than to be unified with the community and that includes the Special Olympic and those with intellectual disabilities,” Wilkins said.

The Torch Run is in June, but officers say the event is not just a one-day thing.

“The Torch Run is more of a movement than an actual event so we do fundraisers all year round,” Wilkins said.

ACPD hopes to raise $2,000, which will help Special Olympians continue to compete.

Quite a few people in Albemarle County got served by Albemarle County Police Department Saturday, but it's not what you might think.

ACPD held its “Tip-A-Cop” fundraiser at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Saturday.

“It is amazing that people that people wants to help raise money for athletes,” Special Olympian Josh Rocker said.

ACPD invited people to come out to the restaurant to help raise money for the annual Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run.

 “This is an annual event that law enforcement partners all across the country partners with Red Robin to raise awareness and donations for Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run,” First Sgt. Steven Wilkins of ACPD said.

Officers served as guest waiters and waitresses and helped take orders, serve food, and clear tables, working hard for that tip.

“It's a way for the police department and law enforcement to get involved with the community while also benefiting the great philanthropy,” Wilkins said.

Rocker is an all-star athlete who participates in volleyball, swimming, tennis, track, and golf. Being a part of the “Tip-A-Cop” event to support other athletes who want to compete in the games is important to him.

“A lot of stuff we can do for helping the community and that's important about it,” Rocker said.

“We want the community to understand we want nothing more than to be unified with the community and that includes the Special Olympic and those with intellectual disabilities,” Wilkins said.

The Torch Run is in June, but officers say the event is not just a one-day thing.

“The Torch Run is more of a movement than an actual event so we do fundraisers all year round,” Wilkins said.

ACPD hopes to raise $2,000, which will help Special Olympians continue to compete.

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