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"Tip-a-Cop" Thursday to support local Special Olympic athletes

Leon County Sheriff's Office (generic)
Posted at 4:46 PM, Nov 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-20 12:02:03-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Local law enforcement officers are taking on a second job Thursday to help athletes with Special Olympics. 

Members of the Leon County Sheriff's Office, Tallahassee Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Department of Law Enforcement will take over as wait staff on Thursday, November 21 at the Longhorn Steakhouse restaurant on North Monroe Street for a "Tip-a-Cop" event.

Thursday, law enforcement officers will wait on customers, serving meals and information about Florida Special Olympics. All "tips" collected will be used to help Special Olympic athletes compete in various competitions. All proceeds raised during Thursday's event will be donated to Special Olympics Florida with half of everything raised staying in Leon County.

Special Olympians do not pay for anything, including their lodging and meals.

The "Tip-a-Cop" event is a state-wide campaign benefiting the Special Olympics. It occurs throughout the year with many law enforcement agencies.

In the last five years the Leon County Sheriff's Office alone has raised more than $120,000 for Special Olympics.

"Tip-a-Cop" will take place twice on Thursday; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. for lunch service, and again from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. for dinner service.