WEST MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- There was an extra large police presence at Dunkin’ Donuts stores across Wisconsin on Friday, August 16th. Officers sat on rooftops to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Wisconsin.
The West Milwaukee location had more than a dozen volunteers, including some Special Olympics athletes.
“It makes me feel like I don't have a disability, that I have an ability,” said Tyler Derringer, who competes in the Special Olympics.
Last year the West Milwaukee store raised more than $3,200 - the second highest total in the state. The store's goal this year is to beat their previous total and come in first in Wisconsin. Police at the location are hoping to grab more attention by spending time on top of the building.
“Sometimes they think it might be a crime scene. We want them to know it really isn’t,” said the Chief of Police for West Milwaukee, Dennis Nasci.
Officers say they are willing to do whatever it takes to reach their goal, including putting up with a little good-natured teasing.
“I did have one young lady who wanted to take a picture with me this morning because she thought it was kind of ironic,” said the Chief Nasci. "Just because cops at a donut shop, they wanted to take a picture of us, but you know, hey, they give us money we'll take a picture.”
All money raised will go toward helping the Special Olympics run their programs. Dunkin’ Donuts will contribute $5,000 in addition to whatever is raise by law enforcement agencies throughout the state.