Cops eating donuts?
It’s a stereotype, but some local police are embracing it in the name of building stronger community relationships and raising money for a charitable cause.
Allen Park detective Jim Thorburn recently posted a video on facebook, outside Sugar Donuts in Woodhaven, to advertise a donut contest which is set to become an annual event. He was accompanied by officers from Woodhaven and Brownstown Township.
The humor of policemen hanging out in front of a donut shop did not escape Thorburn.
“He’s a typical cop stereotype — absolutely,” he said. “Kiss it. You can’t make fun of us if we like it,” he joked.
This idea grew out of a sledding challenge that took place at Woodhaven Civic Center Park in February, an event that attracted officers from several Downriver police departments, as well as Dearborn.
This event went so well that the officers thought, “Why stop there?
Officers from the Allen Park, Brownstown Township and Woodhaven Police Departments formed an informal group called Cops and Community.
“Our ‘group of friends’ started out talking to each other on social media,” Thorburn said in a Facebook post. “That slamming speech led to the epic luge competition, which was the biggest policing community event ever at Downriver. This event made us think, ‘What’s next?’
The next stage is called Cops and Pastries, which Thorburn informally referred to as a donut-eating contest. It will take place at 2 p.m. on April 24, at the Allen Park Center for the Arts, 19001 Champaign Road, adjacent to Allen Park High School.
In the video, Thorburn said this would be the group’s spring event, but they also plan to hold an event during the summer and another in the fall.
Proceeds from Cops and Pastries will go to Mimi’s Mission, for Autism Awareness Month. Thorburn said more information on donation opportunities will be announced soon.
The event organizers thanked Sugarr Donuts for providing the pastries. The Kekoa Brew Co. will provide coffee.
Although officers from Allen Park, Brownstown Township and Woodhaven form the Cops and Community group organizing the event, they have made it clear that they want and expect other local police departments participate. Michigan State Police troopers are welcome, as well as officers from across the region. In the video, they specifically dropped hints at officers from Southgate, Lincoln Park, Wyandotte and Grosse Ile Township.
An officer standing outside Sugar Donuts during the video recording suggested officers from Ohio, but that idea was quickly dismissed (jokingly, of course).
The winner of the competition will receive a trophy and a finalist will also be named.