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YPD to host Tip-A-Cop on Thursday, Aug. 4

Tip-a-Cop is an initiative that aims to bring together community residents and their local law enforcement in a comfortable setting to improve community relationships. These Tip-a-Cop events have been held in the local community in the past. The Yuma Police Department (YPD) hosts them at a variety of locations, in varying neighborhoods and parts of town, in order to reach the most amount of people possible.

YUMA, Ariz. - The Yuma Police Department (YPD) continues its efforts to raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for the Special Olympics by hosting a “Tip-a-Cop” event.  The event will be held at Chili’s Restaurant, 1331 S. Yuma Palms Pkwy, on Thursday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Special Olympics is an international non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities.  LETR bring awareness to the Special Olympics by obtaining donations for Special Olympic athletes.  The money and awareness fundriased through YPD's Tip-a-Cop events will help Special Olympic athletes grow and continue to have opportunities to make new friends, learn new skills and discover their independence. 

For many of these athletes, participating in the Special Olympics is a path to empowerment, self-esteem, competence, acceptance, joy and friendship. It is a unique opportunity these athletes with intellectual disabilities may not have anywhere else.

The Special Olympics offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities training and competition in 30 Olympic-type summer and winter sports.  The Special Olympics currently serve over 2.5 million people in more than 200 programs in 165 countries.

YPD employees and other law enforcement officers will be at Chili's Restaurant in the Yuma Palms Parkway as “celebrity waiters” to receive tip donations for the Special Olympics.  All donations are tax deductible. 

For more information, contact Sgt. Lori Franklin, Public Affairs Sergeant with YPD at (928) 373-4732.