February 4, 2005
POLICE DEPARTMENT SUPPORTS SPECIAL OLYMPICS
The Lodi Police
Department is pleased to announce our involvement in the 2005 Special Olympics
"Courtesy Cop" fundraiser, this Saturday, February 5, 2005, from 10AM to 6PM,
at SMART Foods, 610 West Kettleman lane. This event, which is spearheaded by
veteran Lodi Police Officer Bob Paine, is a continuation of Lodi PD's
tradition of support for Special Olympics through fund raising efforts, and
part of the national support this worthy cause receives through the well-known
annual "Law Enforcement Torch Run."
years, LPD has participated with Applebee's Restaurant in "Tip-A-Cop," a
similar fundraiser where uniformed officers bus tables and assist the waiters,
in exchange for donated "tips.' Those events have been highly sucessful, and
"Courtesy Cop" is expected to do as well, if not better. Officers will team
with local Special Olympics athletes to bag groceries and load cars in
exchange for "tips" that will be used to support free sports training for
these courageous competitors.
Paine is well known to the community through his 23 years of police service
and his daily presence in the downtown area as Lodi PD's senior bicycle patrol
officer. He has maintained involvement in the Special Olympics program for
many years, including travelling to Washington DC every year at his own
expense to attend planning sessions. As a result of his efforts, many
thousands of dollars have been donated to the program, in amounts sometimes
eclipsing other larger police departments. He will be on hand to answer
questions about the program during the entire day tomorrow.
We ask that all
media outlets take advantage what promise to be excellent visuals and great
content in a very positive story. We hope to encourage as many people as
possible to patronize SMART Foods that day and participate in the program.
Please refer to the attached Special Olympics Press Release for additional