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#LASD Deputies Carry the Flame of Hope in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics World Games


#LASD Deputies Carry the Flame of Hope in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics World Games

#LASD Deputies Carry the Flame of Hope in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics World Games

Earlier today, Department members donned running gear and took on a rapid pace from the historic Hall of Justice, and carried the Flame of Hope in the annual relay event. The torch, which began its week-long journey through Los Angeles County on Sunday, June 2, 2019, was handed to deputies from Los Angeles Police Department personnel. Law enforcement partners will continue the torch’s journey toward Cal State University Long Beach, where its flame will light the cauldron at the Special Olympics opening ceremonies, symbolizing the start of the Summer Games.

Special Olympics athletes are members of our community with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They dedicate themselves to participate in friendly competition sporting events at the Summer Games and, with the support of law enforcement, they get to make physical and emotional achievements. The training and engagement enhance the athletes’ quality of life, allow them to connect with others, and bring a worldwide community together in one arena.

Approximately 200 deputies from numerous LASD stations and divisions will participate in the relay as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics. This movement was initiated in 1986 by Southern California law enforcement personnel to raise funds for, and awareness of, the Special Olympics athletes in this region. Since then, they work together annually to support this special program by carrying the Flame of Hope™ torch on a journey to the Special Olympics Summer Games Opening Ceremonies.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® has since become much more than an annual run for Special Olympics Summer Games; for the 3,500 officers in Southern California involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run®, it represents honor, respect and pride. It has grown to become a worldwide community of law enforcement officers rallying to support Special Olympics through a series of fundraising events, including torch runs.

Collectively, nearly 150 southern California communities will run a total of 500 miles on local streets and highways. Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will join hundreds of other participating law enforcement personnel from across the state and converge on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the Summer Games opening ceremonies. Together, the deputies and officers will welcome the athlete delegations.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is proud to participate in the campaign to raise funds to benefit the Special Olympics. Throughout the year, deputy personnel take part in a variety of charity events including Tip-A-Cop, plane-pulls and chili cook-offs to raise proceeds in support of the Special Olympics Summer Games.