Police officers from Eastern Connecticut State University and the City of Middletown traded in their uniforms for aprons on May 3 to ‘serve’ the community in a different way. The officers spent the day waiting tables at Amici Italian Grill in Middletown in support of the fourth annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser.
Approximately $3,000 was raised for the Connecticut Special Olympics. Contributing to the total, Amici donated 10 percent of its sales for the day, the cop-turned-servers donated all tips, and members of the Eastern community ordered $500 worth of food —delivered for lunch to their desks in Willimantic by Eastern volunteers.
“The Special Olympics is the designated charity of law enforcement in Connecticut,” explained Angelo Simoni, Tip-A-Cop coordinator and director of Eastern’s Office of Student Conduct. According to Simoni, Tip-A-Cop has raised approximately $15,000 for the Connecticut charity in four years.
The Eastern Police Department supports community charities throughout the year. It participates in Jail-N-Bail, a fundraiser in which officers ‘arrest’ members of the campus community who are then ‘bailed’ out of a fake jail, with all proceeds going to the Connecticut Special Olympics. Eastern police also participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which kicks off the Connecticut Special Olympics games — coming up this June at Southern Connecticut State University.