State police will serve coffee to raise funds

Posted May 19, 2009, at 8:08 p.m.

CALAIS, Maine — There will be lots of traffic stopped at the Dunkin’ Donuts on North Street Friday, but no arrests.

Instead of summonses, members of the Maine State Police will be handing out java and doughnuts along with muffins and sandwiches as part of Dunkin’ Donuts’ Tip a Trooper Day.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, May 22.

The police officers on duty will be dressed in casual gray sweatshirts that say “Tip a Trooper” instead of their familiar starched blues.

This is the fifth year that the State Police have held the event to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Maine State Police Trooper Jason Fowler began the program five years ago as a member of the Calais Police Department. At that time the event was called Tip a Cop. Three years ago he joined the State Police and the program was renamed Tip a Trooper.

This year Sgt. Jeff Ingemi and Trooper Kimberly Janes will be behind the counter and at the drive-through window with Fowler. “We’ll be serving the customers,” Fowler said Monday

Last year, the troopers raised more than $500. They hope to raise that much and more this year.

“Even with the economy as it is,” Fowler said, adding that he has always been impressed with how generous the community is.

In addition to the Tip a Trooper, Dunkin’ Donuts is raffling off a basket filled with Dunkin’ Donuts goodies. The money from that also will be donated to the Relay for Life.

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