Cop on Top 09-17-08

Hawaii Police Department
Office of the Chief
Lawrence K. Mahuna
Phone: 961-2244
September 17, 2008

Media Release

Officers from the Hawaii Police Department will climb atop Safeway stores in both Hilo and Kona at 6 a.m. Thursday (September 18) to raise money for the Special Olympics.

The goal during the “2008 Cop on Top for Special Olympics” project is to stay on the roofs around the clock until 2 p.m. Saturday (September 20) while other officers and Special Olympics athletes collect donations at ground level.

Last year the two Big Island teams raised more than $30,000 for Special Olympics Hawaii.

The Special Olympics, modeled after the Olympic Games, provide a year-round program of training and competitive sports for physically or mentally challenged athletes. In these times of rising travel costs, the donations raised by Cop on Top help the organization give their athletes the opportunity to participate in Special Olympics competitions away from home.

This is the fifth year the Hawaii Police Department is participating in this event, which includes participation from law enforcement officers at the county, state and federal levels statewide.

“Cop on Top” is one of many activities that fall under the umbrella of the International Law Enforcement Torch Run.

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