Twenty-three law enforcement officers took their oath to "serve" and protect to a new level; trading in their handcuffs and badges for menus and serving trays to assist waitresses at the Outback Steakhouse in Inverness, Florida. Officers from the Florida Highway Patrol, Citrus County Sheriff's Office, and the Inverness Police Department participated in the event. Donations in the form of tips were raised to benefit Special Olympics Programs and the Law Enforcement Torch Run campaign.
State Representative Irving Slosberg, District 89, Boca Raton, was instrumental in organizing the event, which drew thousands of visitors and attracted significant media coverage.
The Torch Run is part of a year-round, grassroots fundraising campaign by law enforcement agencies to benefit their local Special Olympic Programs. The event raised $1,163 for Special Olympics Florida completely through donations left as "Tips for Cops". Sheriff Jeff Dawsy was also on hand to serve for a few hours. It was a great opportunity for the law enforcement officers to show the community how important Special Olympics Florida is to them personally.
FHP troopers who served during the night were: Trooper Jamie Mulverhill, Trooper Erik Gonzalez, Trooper Kurt Lynn and Lt. Sterling King - all from the Brooksville and Tampa districts in Troop C.