The Marana Police Department prides themselves on service, even if that service extends to delivering a steak or topping off a drink. The Marana Police Department hosted its annual Tip-A-Cop event at Texas Roadhouse. 

Volunteers from nearly every portion of the MPD came out to serve the packed house at Texas Roadhouse. They collected over $5,000 in tips and every dime will go to benefit the Arizona Special Olympics.

“It was an awesome event,” said Marana Police Officer Jose De La Torre, who organized the event. 

The MPD has been involved with Special Olympics for over a decade and has raised over $100,000 for Southern Arizona Special Olympians. 

They had 32 volunteers on hand from the MPD including lieutenants, captains and Chief  Terry Rozema. They had volunteers from the bomb squad, K9 and motor patrol, as well as the youth Explorers program and the volunteer VIP’s.

“Everyone in the department was here,” De La Torre said. 

De La Torre became involved with the Special Olympics after participating in the organization’s annual torch run. 

“I took part in the torch run and having the kids run with us was great,” he said. “Seeing their smiles when they ran with us was inspiring.”

De La Torre started getting more and more with involved with Special Olympics and that led to him being more involved in tip a cop and eventually running point for the event. Four Special Olympians were on hand at the event, helping out and discussing their competitions. 

MPD was not done aiding Special Olympics. Over the weekend they held their Cop on Top event at the Marana Wal-Mart. Officers would dive into water from a forklift with a donation from the public. While not as big a fundraiser as Tip A Cop, the community will open their wallets to see Marana’s finest getting soaked. 

On May 3 MPD officers will participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Like an Olympic torch run, they will receive the torch near Tangerine road and will take the torch to the Pinal County line. Special Olympians will accompany the police officers for a portion of the distance.

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