Thousands taking Polar Bear Plunge into Chesapeake Bay

Law enforcement officers took a plunge into the near-freezing water of the Chesapeake Bay to help raise money for a good cause.

The Maryland State Police is holding the 19th annual Polar Bear Plunge and Plungefest on Friday and Saturday at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis.

Money raised from the event benefits Special Olympics Maryland, the state's largest year-round organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with disabilities.

Over $1.2 million has been raised this year and the Polar Bear Plunge has raised more than $20 million for Special Olympics Maryland.

More than 10,000 people are expected to take the plunge into the bay this year.

The festivities continue at Sandy Point State Park on Saturday. If you would like to participate or donate, go to

For more information about Special Olympics Maryland, go to