Cops cook for good cause

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Lakewood police officers and Older Adult Program staff are ready to hit the griddle for the 15th annual Cops that Cook pancake breakfast.

The event will be 7 to 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at the Clements Community Center, 1580 Yarrow St.

Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee.

“We always get a pretty good turnout for the event, but this year we’ve done a lot more outreach, so we’re hoping to see a lot of new people,” said police Public Information Officer, Steve Davis.

Davis said that many residents of assisted living facilities attend the event, and it’s a great chance for them to have breakfast and get out and meet police officers and other residents.

Support for the event comes from Lakeview Senior Living, Foothills Credit Union, Lakewood Legacy Foundation and Village Roaster.

The event is a partnership with Lakewood’s Community Resources Department, which helps set up the location of the breakfast, according to Davis.

Every year the money raised by the breakfast goes to a charity, and for the past several years the money raised has gone to Colorado Life Trak, a program that helps find people who have a tendency to wander off, including Alzheimer’s patients and Autistic children.

“Clients wear a wristband that emits a tracking signal, so the person wearing it can always be found if they get lost,” said Allison Scheck, marketing and community relations administrator with the city. “The wristband is waterproof can be worn when bathing, and is regularly tested to make sure it is working.”

Cargivers for those who wear the bracelets receiving training at how Life Trak works, according to Scheck, and the best ways to maintain the bracelet.

“Signing up for the Life Trak program doesn’t cost the family anything, as we pay for it, and that’s why the breakfast event is so critical,” Davis said. “We need to replace the funds we spent buying the family the bracelet, which gets expensive.”

Adult tickets are $4 and $6 the day of the event.

Children ages 12 and under are $3. Tickets are available at the Clements Community Center, police department, 445 S. Allison Parkway, and the Lakewood Department of Community Resources, 480 S. Allison Parkway.