Submitted by Sgt. Joey Hann
The Cape Girardeau Police Department is actively involved in charitable works throughout the calendar year, but during the holiday months they become even more engaged in community volunteer work.
One of the most prevalent ways the Department volunteers is working with the local Special Olympics athletes. An example is the annual “Tip a Cop” event at Texas Roadhouse, which raised an estimated $2,000 in 2019. The Department hosts the annual Polar Plunge, of which they complete planning phases during the holidays. The Polar Plunge raises approximately $35,000 every year for local Special Olympics athletes.
Beyond volunteering with Special Olympics, Cape PD participates in the Toys for Tots holiday toy drive to provide gifts for needy children in our area. Additionally, the Department anonymously adopts a family every Christmas, providing for the needs of their children and immediate family members. Officers will deliver food, gifts and necessities directly to this family and possibly spend a few hours in their home.
On an individual basis, officers are involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri and others who serve as mentors in various programs. Officers also volunteer with their churches on service projects and community connection projects. Still others oversee and coordinate Backstoppers and Rocking for Relief events to raise money for injured or fallen first responders.
The Cape Girardeau Police Department enjoys serving our residents and going above and beyond, both on and off-duty.