ACPAAA Helps with Tip a Cop for Special Olympics

photoOn the evening of July 24, representatives of CPAAA participated with the Austin Police Department in raising funds for the Austin chapter of Special Olympics of Texas.  Throughout the state, Texas Roadhouse restaurants provided SOTX the opportunity to conduct the annual Tip a Cop event at their restaurants.  APD officers, UTPD officers, and Travis County Sheriff’s deputies teamed with the athletes to serve diners at two locations in Austin and collected donations while meeting and talking with customers about Special Olympics.  Customers made donations and purchased SOTX shirts throughout the evening, while enjoying the food and fun at the restaurant.  Photo shows participants at the North Hwy. 183 location of Texas Roadhouse.

Dine and Donate at Texas Roadhouse Thursday to Support Special Olympics Texas Athletes

Some of the Austin area’s finest will exchange their handcuffs for aprons on Thursday, July 24.  They’ll spend the evening serving up support at the local Texas Roadhouse at the Tip A Cop event.  During the tasty fundraiser, Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) members and Special Olympics Texas athletes will work the dinner shift for tips to later donate to Special Olympics Texas.

Make plans to join the Law Enforcement Torch Run at one of the following Texas Roadhouse locations:

  • 13435 US Highway 183 N, Bldg. 7, Austin 78750
  • 9300 S. IH-35 Service Road, Bldg. F, Austin 78748

Torch runners will greet and serve patrons and assist wait staff from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., collecting donations to support Special Olympics Texas athletes in the Austin area.  Patrons can also purchase a Law Enforcement Torch Run t-shirt after they dine and donate; proceeds also benefit SOTX athletes in the Austin area.

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is Special Olympics’ largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle.  In Texas, the Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1985 and had grown to become one of the largest in the nation.  In the last decade, Torch Run has contributed more than $11 million through the dedication of thousands of law enforcement personnel fundraising on behalf of SOTX.  The support provided by this dedicated group has contributed greatly to programs in local communities, which involve more than 51,300 athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout the state. 


About Special Olympics Texas 
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 51,300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit or call800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SO Texas;

Tip A Cop – Be There!

An opportunity has come up to help the Austin Police Department and Special Olympics of Texas (SOTX).  APD is a huge supporter of SOTX and we should be there to support our officers during the Tip A Cop fundraiser.  APD Officers will be working as wait staff/servers at both Texas Roadhouse locations in Austin (see details below).  They will donate their tips and any additional funds they collect from patrons to SOTX.

Here are the details:

Thursday, July 24th, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Texas Roadhouse (Southpark Meadows) – Contact: Melinda Rodriguez

9300 S I-35, Bldg F

Texas Roadhouse (183/Anderson Mill Rd) – Contact: Susan Reed

13435 US Hwy 183 North, Bldg 7

Please join us in supporting APD and SOTX!  Bring the entire family out for dinner, or if you wish to come join us as a group, that would be great, too.  I will be at the Southpark Meadows location, and Susan Reed, our VP, will be at the 183/Anderson Mill Rd location.

Please RSVP directly to either Melinda or Susan if you plan to attend!

APD Explorers compete in 25th Annual TLEEAA State Competition

During the weekend of July 12, 2014, Austin Police Explorers, along with 96 teams from around Texas, attended the 25th Annual Texas Law Enforcement Explorer Advisors Association State Competition (TLEEAA) at the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas.

The Explorers received awards for the following achievements:

  • Explorer of the Year, Christian Mendoza
  • Post of the Year, North Post #1000
  • 2nd Place Active Shooter Scenario, North Post #1000
  • 3rd Place Burglary in Progress Scenario, Combined North and South posts
  • 3rd Place Domestic Crisis Scenario, North Post #1000
  • 3rd Place Officer Down Rescue Scenario, Combined North and South posts
  • 3rd Place Bike Obstacle Challenge, Explorer Seth Davis, North Post #1000
  • 3rd Place Video Competition, Explorer Kelsey Ellis, North Post #1000

Over a two-day period, each explorer competed in eight different scenarios, multiple individual events such as Non-Emergency Driving Course (NEVO), Bicycle Obstacle Course, Physical Fitness Agility Course, and various other activities. Additionally, Explorers who were interested had the opportunity to enter a mini-triathlon on the final day of the competition.