They work to protect and serve the public. But on Sunday they had a different task--serving breakfast.
Several police officers from Chittenden County donned aprons and served Mother's Day brunch at J.P.'s Deli and Restaurant in Essex for the annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser.
Patrons are asked to leave a regular tip for the host restaurant and then a second tip for law enforcement -- which goes to the Special Olympics. More than 900 patrons left tips this Mother's Day. Organizers expect donations will total well over $1,000.
"I think it's just -- a great way for law enforcement to be partnered with something," said South Burlington Police Ofc. Brianne Williamson. "You can say Special Olympics and everybody knows what you're talking about. But it's investing more than in just the name -- so much more than that -- it's the athletes and that's why I do it."
And if you missed brunch this time around, a second Tip-A-Cop event is held on Fathers Day.