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Beaverton Police Department officers participated in the annual “Tip-A-Cop” event at the Red Robin restaurant off Southwest Canyon Road.

The officers from Beaverton assisted Red Robin staff in taking care of customers. In return, the tips they received went toward Special Olympics Oregon.

Special Olympics Oregon provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type events for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

As well as supporting Special Olympics, officers said the Tip-A-Cop event gives them a chance to meet with members of the community in a relaxed atmosphere.

“This gives us a great opportunity to actually have a conversation with people in our community. If I stop you for a traffic stop, whether I issue a citation or a warning, you are probably not going to be comfortable having a conversation,” said Public Information Officer Mike Rowe. “That’s not the best time to just have a conversation, and just realize your police officers are no different than you.”

The Tip-A-Cop initiative is part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run campaign, which includes an international series of relay runs and special events like Tip-A-Cop.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is represented by more than 144,000 law enforcement officers around the world to help raise money and public awareness for Special Olympics.

Tip-A-Cop fundraisers were hosted at Red Robin restaurants all across Oregon this year.

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