The East Bay leg of The Law Enforcement Torch Run, which benefits the Special Olympics, began at the Bristol Police station last Friday.
On Friday, June 2, local law enforcement officers across the state came together for The Law Enforcement Torch Run, the largest grassroots fundraising program benefiting Special Olympics. The East Bay leg began at the Bristol Police station, headed south on Metacom Avenue and West on State Street, turning north on Hope Street and following route 114 to East Providence.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1981 when six police officers from Wichita, Kan. carried a torch into a high school after their chief saw an urgent need to raise funds for and increase awareness of the Special Olympics.
After three years of successful runs in Kansas, the International Association of Chiefs of Police endorsed Special Olympics as its official charity through the Torch Run. Today, all 50 states and over 40 countries have their own versions of the Torch Run, with more than 100,000 law enforcement members participating.