South Charlotte

Cops no longer on top, but still helping

South Division police officers and volunteers will be hanging out at Chick-fil-A in the Stonecrest Shopping Center and it's not just for the spicy chicken.

The police will hold the 8th annual Cop on Top event May 19-21 at the restaurant, located at 7910 Rea Road.

The event raises money for Special Olympics North Carolina.

The division has raised as much as $50,000 during its three-day fundraiser. In 2010, it raised $11,000.

The South Division has 50 officers and volunteers on location asking for donations.

Larry Robinson, a volunteer with the division for 11 years and organizer of the event, said they like to get patrons at Chick-fil-A involved with activities.

"We want to try and have fun with the kids," said Robinson. This year, activities will include a kickoff night Thursday with face painting, clowns, a magician and a raffle.

On Saturday, CMPD Animal Care and Control will have a pet adoption booth and Home Depot will have an area for children's crafts.

Officer Peter Grant, community coordinator for the South Division, said the Concord Police Department hold a similar event at the Bass Pro Shop years ago and he wanted to bring it to his community.

During the event's early years, it was given the name "Cop on Top" because officers sat on the roof of the restaurant for three days and two nights. The officers no longer perch on the roof due to safety issues.

Robinson said the Special Olympics has a long relationship with the CMPD. He plans to go when it's held in Charlotte April 26-28.

Some of the Special Olympics athletes will be at the event. Robinson said they always appreciate the hard work.

"They're out there for 14 hours every day," said Robinson. "You feel it at the end, especially in your legs, but it's worth it."