Local police to fundraise for Special Olympics from donut shop rooftops 


By Heather Collins

Cops and donut shops may be cliché, but next week they will partner to benefit the 14,000 Special Olympics athletes in Indiana.


Cop on a Rooftop will take place from 6 a.m. to noon May 18 at Dunkin’ Donuts, 6842 Whitestown Pkwy. They will join others across the state to raise awareness and funds for the Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics Indiana. Nationally, the event supports Special Olympics programs across the nation.

This is the first year that Indiana police departments will participate. Officers from Indianapolis, Carmel, Westfield, Fort Wayne, Schererville and Terre Haute will be on the rooftops of eight Dunkin’ Donuts across the state to support the cause. Illinois has the largest participation in the event, with more than 100 locations.

Zionsville Police Dept. officer Josh Chapman helped spearhead the Indiana campaign. The department wants to raise $2,000.

“The goal is to raise enough money to get the officers to climb down off the roof,” Chapman said.

Chapman serves as the chairman for the Strikes for Special Olympics Indiana and is the Zionsville Police Dept. liaison for Special Olympics Indiana.

Last year, Chapman received the Spirit of Special Olympics Indiana Law Enforcement Torch Run Officer of the Year honor from Special Olympics Indiana.

“I encourage people to stop by, meet an athlete and have a donut,” Chapman said.

Chapman said people can be the office hero by picking up a dozen donuts and donating to the event on their way to work.