SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) Instead of patrolling the streets – on Thursday, April 18th – some officers will be patrolling the tables at your local Sizzler restaurant. That may sound strange, but it’s part of an event designed to raise money to help children who’ve been victims of crime. ABC4’s Don Hudson explains how you can help out by eating out in this week’s Behind the Badge.
“Basically they are acting as servers.” While police are known to protect and serve, Salt Lake City Detective Greg Wilking says on Thursday they’ll be focusing just on the serving part.
“We wear several different hats in our career – social work – mentors – all these different things we can be and once in a while – a waiter.”
Officers will descend on local Sizzler restaurants to serve meals and collect tips that will then be passed on to help children who have been traumatized by abuse or victimized by other crimes.
“The officers are giving back to their community. They’re doing this on their own time. They’re contributing their time and it goes to a cause they feel strongly about – bringing justice for kids. The Children’s Justice Center helps us to prosecute against crimes against kids.”
This annual effort has raised thousands of dollars for the Children’s Justice Centers in Salt Lake and Utah counties over the years.
“You come in. Get some food. Have an officer serve you dinner and then what you tip goes to charity.”
And Detective Wilking wants everyone to know – 100% percent of the tips officers collect – will benefit the kids.
“A good opportunity for people to come out and interact with us in a fun way for a good cause.”
The participating Sizzler restaurants are located in Sugar House, West Valley City, Sandy, South Jordan, Orem, and Provo.
The event is Thursday, April 18th – 4 to 8 p.m.
The 2018 event raised about $17,000 for the Children’s Justice Centers. Organizers hope to raise even more this year.
For more information about the event and the Children’s Justice Centers and what they do to help hundreds of kids every year, click on the links below.