Officers to help raise funds targeting child abuse

FLINT TWP. — “To protect and serve” will have a new meaning at “Tip-A-Cop”, a community event hosted by the Michigan State Police (MSP) to benefit the Weiss Child Advocacy Center. The fundraiser will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15 at Texas Roadhouse, 4140 Miller Road.

MSP has partnered with Texas Roadhouse, along with the Flint Township Police Department and Genesee County Sheriff’s Department for this event, according to a press release. The officers will be in full uniform and will be helping to seat guests, refill non-alcoholic drinks, run food and line dancing. For the entire night, 10% of proceeds, as well as any tips the officers receive will be donated to Weiss Child Advocacy. There will also be a representative from Weiss Child Advocacy there to collect donations.

The mission of the Weiss Advocacy Center is to prevent child abuse and help survivors become children again, according to its website. It was named in honor of Judge Robert E. Weiss of Flint (1940-2009) who spent much of his life protecting them in his role as Genesee County prosecutor and later, as chief probate judge.

According to the Child Welfare League of America, the incidence of child abuse and neglect in the United States is ten times higher than the incidence of all forms of cancer. More than 2,000 cases of child abuse are confirmed each year in Genesee County. Ninety percent of that abuse is perpetrated by someone the child trusts. — R.S.

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