Torch Run Committee

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is the Special Olympics movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle in the world.  In 2011, dedicated law enforcement volunteers raised over US$43 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world and eclipsed US$415 million raised since the inception of the LETR.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas (USA) Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to raise funds for and increase awareness of Special Olympics. The LETR was quickly endorsed by Special Olympics, Inc. and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), now recognized as the Founding Law Enforcement Organization of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

More than 85,000 law enforcement members in all 50 U.S. States, 12 Canadian provinces/territories, and 44 other countries contribute to LETR efforts annually as Guardians of the Flame®, ensuring the delivery of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope™ to the Opening Ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions, state/provincial Games, and national/regional Games.

For more information about the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics, please contact Michael Teem at mteem@specialolympics.org.

Individuals from a panel representing Special Olympics Athletes, the I.A.C.P., Torch Run volunteers, and Special Olympians will judge the photos.  The panel will select the top three photos in each category.

 

Prizes:  The Torch Run committee will display the winning photos at I.A.C.P.’s 119th Annual Conference in San Diego, California and at the 2012 Law Enforcement Torch Run® International Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.  First place photos in each category are enlarged and awarded to the contributing programs.

 

 

Past Winners:

 

2011 winners of the 7th Annual IACP Torch Run Photo Contest   

2007 winners of the 7th Annual IACP Torch Run Photo Contest   

2006 winners of the 6th Annual IACP Torch Run Photo Contest   

2005 winners of the 5th Annual IACP Torch Run Photo Contest   

2004 winners of the 4th Annual IACP Torch Run Photo Contest   

2003 winners of the 3rd Annual IACP Torch Run Photo Contest   

2002 winners of the 2nd Annual IACP Torch Run Photo Contest

Officers participating in the 2001 Final Leg Torch Run for Special Olympics

 

For more information, contact D. David Paulson, staff liaison, 1-800-THE-IACP Ext. 329.




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