Civil servants become civil servers during annual Special Olympics Kansas fundraiser Featured

Emporia Police Officer Jaffar Agha provides service with a smile. Emporia Police Officer Jaffar Agha provides service with a smile. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

The term civil servant took on a whole new meaning at Bobby D's Merchant Street Barbecue Monday evening.

Local law enforcement transformed into wait staff for the second Tip a Cop/Tip a Deputy event Monday evening. The annual event see's local police officers interact with the community by taking orders, serving up food and clearing tables all for a great cause, Special Olympics Kansas.

As in year's past officers from the Emporia Police Department and Lyon County Sherrif's Office made up the wait staff. However, this year also saw Emporia State University Police added into the mix.

ESU Police Sergeant Jerry Cook says he was extremely excited to take part in the fundraiser. He feels engaging with the community in this capacity makes officers more approachable once they are back on duty.


EPD Captain Jim Tilton was taking part in his first Tip a Cop/Tip a Deputy event. He agrees with Cook's statement and adds it also allows officers to see each other in a different capacity.


Monday was the second of two Tip a Cop/Tip a Deputy events this year with the Olpe Chicken House hosting the first last week. All proceeds help provide food and medals for Special Olympics athletes.

Monday's fundraiser raised a total of $862.00.

Photos by Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News 

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