February 22, 2014
On February 22, 2014, the Riley County Police Department took part in the annual Polar Plunge, to benefit the Special Olympics of Kansas. The police department’s team was sponsored by the local Fraternal Order of Police and was made up of Sworn and Non-Sworn personnel from the department. Several members of the department not only jumped into the 32 degree water but also took part in the 5K race that was held prior to the plunge.
This event is one of 9 in the State of Kansas, which are the largest fundraisers for the Special Olympics of Kansas throughout the year. Proceeds from the event go to help support over 1,500 athletes in the North Central Kansas area.
Officers wore police and corrections uniforms as well as inmate uniforms as they simulated a jail break from the shore into the water. The event was well attended and continues to be an event officers look forward to participating in.
RCPD is also involved in the Annual Special Olympics Torch Run, which give officers the opportunity to run from the east side of Manhattan to the Ogden Gates of Fort Riley.
For more information on the Special Olympics of Kansas visit them online at http://www.ksso.org/plunge.