The line, “If you want to find all the cops , they’re hanging out in the donut shop” came to life Friday at Dunkin’ Donuts near the I-80 interchange in North Platte.
Officers from the state patrol, city police, Union Pacific, sheriff’s office and game and parks were on the donut shop roof, instead of inside, waving to customers to support the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics.
They occupied the rooftop in North Platte as well as 15 other Dunkin’ Donut stores around the state.
State Trooper Nathan Veal said the public was supportive.
“It’s been going great and truly awesome, with a steady flow of patrons here who are more than willing to donate,” Veal said.
When the total donations was released, North Platte raised $2,000, second best out of 15 locations in Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, Hastings, La Vista and North Platte, the police department said four days later.
A donut shop employee said cops started arriving at 5:30 a.m. to take a spot atop the store. They stayed on the roof until 11 a.m.
North Platte Special Olympic athletes, coaches and some family members were on hand too, to help with fundraising.
In return for the cops “doing time” on the rooftops, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate $1,000 to the Law Enforcement torch run. In addition, each guest at Dunkin Donuts who made a donation received one free medium hot or iced coffee coupon.
Dunkin’ Donuts also created a special glazed red and white donut ring depicting Special Olympics Nebraska colors. The donut, called “The Champion,” was only available Friday morning.
“Basically, we are raising money for the Special Olympics Nebraska, which is another law enforcement torch running event,” Veal said. “The funds help them to be able to participate in the games by offsetting motel, travel and meal expenses for the athletes.”
Dunkin’ Donuts reported a stream of traffic all morning.