What is Law Enforcement Torch Run?
Law Enforcement Torch Run is a worldwide organisation that is committed to two primary objectives:
• Raising awareness across the community for the good work done by the Special Olympics movement in assisting intellectually handicapped people through sport.
• Fundraising to assist Special Olympics continue their good work.
This program started in 1981, when the Chief of Police in Wichita, Kansas, Mr Richard La Munyon agreed to support a local Special Olympics group by authorising six of his officers to carry a Torch into the opening ceremony of an event.
From those very small beginnings, Law Enforcement Torch Run now involves over 90,000 law enforcement officers in 44 countries. In 2011, the various programs raised over $US42 million to assist Special Olympics.