The Polar Plunge for Northern Hills Special Olympics raised more than $44,000 with 155 jumpers at Spearfish Feb. 24 - and the Belle Fourche Police Department was the top fundraising group with $7,547 to put into the area program.
Belle Fourche Police Chief Rob Hansen said, "That was exciting to see how Belle Fourche and our community came together to help us be the top fundraiser."
The police department raised $7,547 to be the top fundraiser for Special Olympics programs in the area to benefit children and adults with physical and other challenges to participate in sports programs.
"Our team consisted of Belle Fourche Police Officers, reserves and our high school intern," Hansen said.
"Police historically have been supporters of Special Olympics," he said. He said some officers also are among volunteers to help the Belle Fourche program that he said is exceptional.
"You only have to go to one Special Olympics event to fall in love with Special Olympics," Hansen said.
He added that it's not just the big statewide events, but also events during the year that qualify individuals to participate.
His own son participates in Special Olympics competition, Hansen said.