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Tempe police officers waited tables Saturday for a special cause

Posted at 2:08 PM, Aug 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-17 22:05:25-04

TEMPE, AZ — Officers with the Tempe Police Department waited tables on Saturday to raise money for the Special Olympics.

Detective Natalie Barela says having regular conversations over bagels and eggs helps build trust within the community.

"They really see the human side of us," she said.

The officers spent the morning at Chompie's in Tempe.

The money raised is helping teens like 17-year-old Levi, who has autism.

"It's pretty amazing, it's a good feeling," said Henry Turrey, Levi's father.

Turrey says Levi participates in volleyball, basketball, and powerlifting. He say he hopes other parents like him know there are resources out there to boost their child's confidence.

"We have a whole network, whole community that supports each other," Turrey said.

If you would like to donate to the Special Olympics, click here.