Richmond Police Department raises over $2,000 for Special Olympics

Feb. 19—Richmond Police were "freezin' for a reason" on this past weekend in Lexington's Polar Plunge hosted by Texas Roadhouse.

On a 25-degree Saturday morning, the department braved the frigid water for the benefit of the Special Olympics.

The department was able to raise $2,081 for Special Olympics Kentucky leading into the event making them the top ranked law enforcement department that participated in the event this year.

Prior to the event, Chief of Police Rodney Richardson mentioned that the Special Olympics will use the facilities at Eastern Kentucky University for the State Summer Games.

The Games returned its full three day long schedule last year for the first time since 2019.

Richardson said that it is great that the officers get involved in this and get behind events like this.

Sergeant Ankit Patel told the Register that the department also volunteers at the event with officer presence and security.

Saturday, though cold, was a very successful event for the Special Olympics as the Kentucky Special Olympics branch hit and subsequently surpassed their goal of $65,000 by raising nearly $80,000. Other law enforcement entities that participated include University of Kentucky Police (UKPD) and the Lexington Division of Community Corrections.

The final total raised for the Special Olympics was $79,775.21

"We appreciate donations from the community that helped our officers reach their goals for a fantastic cause," the Department said on Facebook after the event.