On Thursday, September 13th, law enforcement officers will take their oath to "protect and serve" to the next level. They will trade their handcuffs and badges for menus and serving trays at the "Law and Orders" event happening at several Applebee's Neighborhood & Bar locations throughout our listening area.

It'll take place during dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and it's to raise awareness for those with intellectual disabilities as well as funding to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics New York.

The customers will be "served" and then given envelopes on their table for them to fill with a special tip which will go directly to the organization. Some of the agencies involved include New York State University Police, New York State Police, Johnson City Police Department and US Army.

Participating stores in our listening area include:

842 Upper Front Street, Binghamton     

3701 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal

856 State Route 13, Cortland

2300 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca

The Law and Orders event is an annual fundraiser put together by the Law Enforcement Torch Run Program. The program raise funds and help raise awareness all year for the Special Olympics New York.

Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and competition in 23 Olympic-style sports and is the largest Special Olympics program in North America. Find out more about them here.

[via Special Olympics New York]