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These police officers plunge into 30 degree water for a good cause

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What better time to go for a swim than in January?

More than a dozen police officers will throw themselves into 30 degree water for a good cause.

The 2018 Police Plunge, also known as the "Polar Bear Plunge," is an annual fundraiser where men and women in uniform play hooky for a day to help raise money for Special Olympics Maryland.

Participants and supporters are looking to raise $200,000 to provide financial support for the organization.

Each year, Plunge Maryland holds its portion of the event, with donations coming from around the country.

Individuals pledge $75 or more to plunge into the Chesapeake Bay.

Special Olympics Maryland offers sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons with intellectual disabilities.

There are over 100,000 individuals with an intellectual disability in the state of Maryland that are faced with obstacles that require courage to overcome every day.

In 2016, an estimated 6,000 people participated in the Polar Bear Plunge and raised $1,580,047 for the Special Olympics.

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