‘Cops on Rooftops’ set for Fri­day in Elk­ton

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— Law en­force­ment of­fi­cers in this county will take the term “high po­lice pres­ence” to an­other level again this Fri­day, when they sit on the roof of the Chick- filA in Elk­ton through­out the busi­ness day to raise money for Mary­land Spe­cial Olympics, ac­cord­ing to Mary­land State Po­lice Cpl. Michael Cox, one of the plan­ners.

ELK­TON

New this year, the Chick­Fil-A also will host a Spirit Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Cox said. The fast food restau­rant will do­nate a per­cent­age of its pro­ceeds dur­ing that time pe­riod to the cause, he added.

The event set for Fri­day is known as Cops on Rooftops, which is one of two law en­force­ment fundrais­ers for Spe­cial Olympics. The other is the Spe­cial Olympics Torch Run, which has been an an­nual fundrais­ing event in Ce­cil County since 1986.

As is the cus­tom, off-duty troop­ers, of­fi­cers and deputies from po­lice agen­cies in Ce­cil County will sit on lawn chairs on the Chick­Fil-A rooftop for var­ied lengths of time, de­pend­ing on what their sched­ules will al­low.

“We have some who will sit for four hours,” said Cox, who plans to be there all day and be­lieves that Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Cpl. Michael Kalin­sky, an­other or­ga­nizer, will spend a great deal of time there, too.

While the law en­force­ment of­fi­cers are perched on the roof, do­na­tion buck­ets will be on dis­play at sev­eral spots in­side and out­side the Chick­fil-A, and pa­trons can make con­tri­bu­tions, Cox ex­plained.

Last year, he noted, cus­tomers gave so gen­er­ously that the event raised ap­prox­i­mately $1,300 for Spe­cial Olympics.

“In other coun­ties, I know they raise up to $5,000. So I would hope that we can raise up to $2,000 this year,” Cox said, adding that he, ob­vi­ously, would be pleased if the money raised dur­ing Fri­day’s event sur­passes his con­ser­va­tive hope.

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