Every year the Palo Alto Police Officers' Association donates money and time to benefit numerous charities, groups and organizations in Palo Alto and throughout Santa Clara County.
To help us better serve you and our community we share, please feel free to join our mission by participating in any of our events or donating toward our cause.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Officers from Palo Alto have participated in the annual international Torch Run supporting the Special Olympics since 2004. The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement.
The original Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1981 in Whichita, Kansas after police sought a way to involve officers with the local Special Olympics. That first run involved six officers and did not raise any money. Last year the Torch Run raised over $30 million for the Special Olympics programs. This year over 85,000 law enforcement officers will carry the “Flame of Hope” torch across 35 nations to raise funds and awareness for the games.
The National 9-99 Police and Sheriff Foundation raises funds for injured or fallen officers and their families, invests in K9 safety and training, and provides counseling and mental health resources to all officers in need.
"Tip A Cop" Event
The Palo Alto Police Association also hosts a Tip-A-Cop charity event. Officers serve as celebrity waiters at restaurants, and they donate all the tips they receive to Special Olympics. Tip-A-Cop has been a favorite way for officers to raise money, and the public loves to have the officers wait on them hand and foot. Tip-A-Cop events are one of the main fundraisers for the Law Enforcement Torch Run®, which is one of the largest fundraising arms of Special Olympics. All tips are tax-deductible and support sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.