“Cops On Top” Raises Money For Special Olympics

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – If you happen to visit Walmart in either Athens or Decatur this weekend, you’re going to see something a little unusual. There will be police on top of the building. It’s called “Cops on Top”. It’s the officer’s way of helping to raise money for Special Olympics.

Police are really up in the air about this! Cops on Top is an annual event where police in many parts of the state work to raise money for Special Olympics. And for some its an effort dear to their hearts.

“It’s a family thing for me but more than that, it’s a really grerat relationship between police officers and some special needs folks. It’s just unique,” says Decatur Police Chief Ed Taylor.

Using industrial scissor lifts, the officers will spend hours at a time hoisted into the air in hopes that shoppers will share a little something. And the money raised goes to a good cause.

“Well, it goes towards all kinds of things, expenses for putting on the events, for the awards that are given, for travel to go to and from these things, it covers a number of different expenses that are incurred trying to put on the Special Olympics events and allow these Olympians to compete,” says Decatur Magistrate Tony Bolen.

So if you visit the Walmart in either Decatur or Athens this Saturday, don’t be alarmed. It’s just the good guys, doing something nice for someone special.

They’ll also have music and activities at both locations tomorrow. It should be a lot of fun.