Dougherty County Police Chief Jackie Battle, left, Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul, right, and Dougherty County Jail employee Marie Ostrander, wave and solicit donations during the first day of their annual "Cops on Doughnut Shops" fundraiser for the Special Olympics.
ALBANY, Ga. — Oh how sweet it is.
Call it a partnership in sugary-sweet, fried-pastry heaven. The blissful joining of the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, the Dougherty County Police Department, the Albany Police Department and Krispy Kreme has helped hundreds of Special Olympic athletes make the expensive trip to the state games to compete; raising thousands of dollars each year.
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The 60-hour "Cops on Doughnut Shops" fundraiser allows local law enforcement to hit the streets with buckets for cash rather than handcuffs and guns, soliciting donations from passersby on two of the city's busiest streets.
Last year, the event raised more than $15,000 for expenses of area Special Olympians.
"Today we're trying to raise money for Special Olympics," Dougherty County Police Chief Jackie Battle said. "The athletes and their families need money to be able to go to Atlanta for the Special Olympics and last year, statewide, we raised over $750,000 and here, in the city of Albany, we raised over $15,000 and this year, we'd at least like to do that, if not a little bit more."
The cops will be out at the intersection of Slappey Boulevard and Dawson Road until 6 p.m. Sunday hoping to raise dough for the athletes. Those people who donate will get a doughnut in return or, for corporate donors who give $1,000 or more, a free doughnut party donated by Krispy Kreme.
Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul, already a fan of the doughnut, noted the sweet irony that the fundraiser starts on national doughnut day.
"People who know me, know that I don't really need an excuse to eat a doughnut," Sproul said. "These things are so good and with national doughnut day coinciding with our Special Olympics fundraiser here, with Cops on Doughnut Shops, it's just another reason why you should stop by here and make a contribution to our Special Olympians."