June 19, 2013

2013 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run

On June 19th, local officers from the Santa Cruz Police Department and Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office participated in the 32nd Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Northern California Special Olympics. 

Officer Brad Burruel, Sheriff's Lieutenant Fred Plageman, Officer John Shepard, Retired Lieutenant Colleen McMahon, Detective Wendy Bynes, Officer Carter Jones, Sergeant Mike Harms, Jennie Harms

The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1982 as a way to raise awareness and sponsorship for the Special Olympics.  Charged with being “Guardians of the Flame”, law enforcement officers carry the torch throughout California handing it off in each jurisdiction.  

 John Shepard and Fred Plageman finish this leg of the run

The torch will wind its way through California until it reaches the final destination in Davis, California.  Our local route ran from Watsonville to Scotts Valley.  To view the schedule of torch runs click here:

Locally, police departments and the Sheriff’s Office have centered the Torch Run around other events such as “Tip-A-Cop” to help raise funds for the Northern California Special Olympics. 

Great job and thanks to this year’s team!