Crime & Courts

Wichita police cruise Krispy Kreme to raise cash for Special Olympics

That old cliche about cops loving doughnuts a little too much?

It never applied to most cops.

And it never applied to any police officer as trim and fit as Officer David Nienstedt of the Wichita Police Department.

From 7 a.m. to noon Friday, Nienstedt used doughnuts as a sweet way to raise donations for the Kansas Special Olympics, a cause championed by volunteers from the Wichita Police Department for decades.

He stood atop the Krispy Kreme at Central and Rock Road on Friday, grinning, waving, and lowering a bucket into the drive-through lane to collect money for the cause.

Officers in the lobby helped collect more.

Nienstedt, from Patrol South, said he and other officers will do the same thing at the same place from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday.

"The Wichita Police Department has a proud tradition of serving the Special Olympics from way back in the day when Richard LaMunyon was chief (in the 1970s)," Nienstedt said.

"A lot of people don't know this, but police departments all over the world followed Wichita's example and now support Special Olympics worldwide. We're trying to continue that tradition now. "

Every dollar raised goes to support the Special Olympics, he said.

The charity receives all its money from donations, he said.