The Joliet Junior College Police Department is gearing up for Cop on a Rooftop, which takes place on Friday, May 31, to benefit the Special Olympics program this June.
Cop on a Rooftop is a statewide event sponsored by more than 130 police departments in Illinois. In an effort to raise money for Special Olympics, JJC police officers will be on the rooftop of Dunkin’ Donuts in Joliet, located at 1350 Houbolt Road from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m. on May 31.
Everyone is invited to make a donation, and those who do will get a free donut.
Last year, the department raised more than $1,500 from Cop on a Rooftop. The total amount raised for Special Olympics by the JJC Police Department in 2012 was $3,000.
This year, Patrol Officer Randy Graves said the department has set its goal to $4,000. Through fundraisers such as a spaghetti dinner, “Heroes Helps”, motorcycle raffle tickets, collection jars, and selling merchandise, the department has raised $1,978 since April.
“Our fundraisers are successful because our JJC community is so caring and helpful,” Graves said. “Faculty and staff have shown great support and we also get a lot of help from the students who give their spare change to our collection jars.”
Graves said his favorite part about Cop on a Rooftop is watching the JJC police department grow closer together.
All cops involved are participating in these fundraisers as volunteers. “The great spirit and effort that we see from our co-workers brings the department closer together and fosters a better working relationship that carries over into our regular work day assignments,” he said.
To support Special Olympics without attending Cop on a Rooftop, stop by the police department on the Main Campus, located just south of the Fitness Center to purchase merchandise.
T-shirts are $15, hats are $15, and pins are $5.
Merchandise will also be available for purchase during Cop on a Rooftop. For more information about the JJC Police Department’s efforts, check their Facebook page, contact Graves at 815-280-2234 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sgt. Jeff Smith can be reached at 815-280-6614 or email@example.com.