TPD officer's non-stop community service brings joy throughout the year

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - You might have seen Topeka Police Sergeant Dan Wilson on 13 NEWS before.

We’ve covered his charity work throughout the year - stretching from the Special Olympics to Topeka’s United Way.

Sergeant Wilson has been on the Topeka Police force since 2002.

His job is a little different from most patrol officers.

"I’m in community policing, which I really enjoy I feel it's a good fit," he said.

TPD's West Community Policing Unit is all about going one step further.

"Regular patrol guys, you know they have five minutes to solve your problem and move on to the next 911 call, we get the opportunity to really delve into the problem," Wilson said.

The unit is heavily involved with the local community - one of the reasons Wilson is so immersed in his charity work.

He's been organizing the annual battle of the badges flag-football game for 15 years.

It brings first responders together for a great cause. All proceeds go directly to the Special Olympics.

"It's just nice to be able to give back," he said.

This year he decided to get his unit involved in Topeka’s Christmas Bureau.

"I thought it was a really good fit for what we do," Wilson said.

"I asked my guys, and they were all for it … So each one of them put in money. We adopted a family, it was a mom and three children. A five-year-old and twin three-year-olds."

They met their family December 17th.

"The little girls were really excited, they had their Christmas dresses on … Hopefully we were able to make their Christmas a little better," he said.

When all is said and done, Wilson just wants to make a difference in someone’s life no matter where he’s working.

"At the end of the day there's gonna be other police officers, there's gonna be other cops but I want to try to make at least a little bit of a difference in somebody's life every day,” he said.

“I think why the majority of us get into this profession, and that's my goal is just to make somebody's day better."

A lesson we can all appreciate this Christmas.

If you're feeling in the giving spirit here’s a donation link to the Special Olympics.

You can also get involved with Topeka’s United Way Christmas Bureau here.