Trading in their handcuffs and badges for serving trays and breadbaskets, Palo Alto police will raise awareness and funds for local Special Olympics athletes on June 15, and will take part in a special law-enforcement torch run on June 16.
Police officers will wait tables at the Olive Garden restaurant at 2515 El Camino Real, Palo Alto from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Officers earn "tips" for the Special Olympics. Members of the SWAT, K-9 and traffic team will also provide equipment demonstrations in the parking lot while patrons wait to be seated.
On June 16, Palo Alto police will participate in the Special Olympic Torch Run from Mountain View to Menlo Park. Officers will pick up the torch from arriving Mountain View/Los Altos police and will run to Menlo Park, where they will hand off the torch to Menlo Park officers.
A motorcade will escort Special Olympics athletes and the "Flame of Hope," the official Special Olympics torch, from Mountain View to Menlo Park.
The Torch Run will continue to the University of California at Davis in time for the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games.
Proceeds from the Tip a Cop event help provide year-round free sports training and competition to children and adults with disabilities. Donations are tax deductible and all money goes to Special Olympics.
More information on The Special Olympics of Northern California program is available at www.sonc.org.
WHAT: Tip a Cop and Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run
WHEN: Tip a Cop: June 15, 4 to 8:30 p.m.; Torch Run: June 16, begins approximately 3:40 p.m. and ends at 4:20 p.m.(time varies)
WHERE: Tip a Cop meets at Olive Garden, 2515 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; Torch Run begins at El Camino Real and Cesano Court. The torch will be escorted northbound on El Camino Real to Menlo Park at El Camino Ballpark.
CONTACT: For Tip a Cop, call Olive Garden, 650-326-5673