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Local Police Officers to Carry Special Olympics Torch Through PVE

Torrance police officers received the torch from Palos Verdes Estates officers in a previous run. Photo courtesy the Torrance Police Department.
Torrance police officers received the torch from Palos Verdes Estates officers in a previous run. Photo courtesy the Torrance Police Department.
From the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department: 

On Monday, June 2, five Palos Verdes Estates police officers and staff will carry a torch for Special Olympics on a 3.5 mile run.

Officers will receive the torch from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at 
approximately 10:18 a.m. and will be joined at the finish line  with a former Special Olympics Athlete and local PVE resident.

The torch will be passed to Torrance police officers, thus completing the fourth leg of the 67-leg run will begin in the South Bay and end at Loker Stadium at the University of Southern California for the opening of the 2014 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games. 

The 2013 Southern California Law Enforcement Torch Run involved more than 2,000 officers who proudly carried the Special Olympics Torch more than 500 miles and through more than 150 communities. The officers, representing law enforcement agencies throughout the state, collected donations for their participation and were sponsored by civic groups, local businesses and generous friends.

Local officers go above and beyond the call of duty year-round with their participation in the Law Enforcement Torch Run®, which is Special Olympics’ largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle. 

The Torch Run has grown to include more than 125 runs in 48 nations. Since its 
inception 32 years ago, more than 142,000 law enforcement officers have raised $414 million for the Special Olympics movement worldwide. The Torch Run has become the largest grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics.

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