The Mesa Police Department is stepping up its fundraising and recruiting efforts for the 25th anniversary of the Arizona Law Enforcement Special Olympics next month.
From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, there will be a Tip-A-Cop event at the Red Robin restaurant at 1636 S. Stapley Drive, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 9 there will be a “Cop on top” event at the Safeway grocery store at 1855 N. Power Road.
Mesa police officers Eloy Garza and Ken Scott will be among two officers sitting on the roof of Safeway for a day in hopes of receiving contributions for the Special Olympics.
Proceeds from both events will go toward the Special Olympics. Numerous law enforcement agencies throughout the East Valley will participate in the Special Olympics’ Torch Run on April 29 at Mesa Community College when police officers will be running with the athletes on a 16-mile leg of the run, said Garza, who is helping to coordinate Mesa’s portion of the event.
Garza said that Mesa has somewhat of a rivalry going with Chandler’s police department to see who can raise the most money for Special Olympics this year. Last year, Chandler raised more than $10,000, and said they could do it again this year. So far, Mesa has raised $3,447, Garza said.
For more information, call (480) 644-5742.