Salt River Police Department and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Health and Human Services employees took part in the annual Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on Friday, April 27. The run took place along the Beeline Highway, where the Community participants joined in on the run from the Salt River Landfill to Jr’s Convenience store on Beeline Highway and McDowell Road.
The Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is a series of runs that take place in the spring and summer throughout the United States to raise funds, awareness and support for Special Olympics athletes. Law-enforcement personnel carry the Special Olympics torch through their district and pass it on to the next jurisdiction. Along the way, the torch arrives at the opening ceremonies for each state’s Special Olympics games.
SRPD has been participating in the run for the past 20 years. Each year the officers either run or ride bikes, and the SRPD hands off the torch to the Mesa Police Department.
“It was a great experience to run with police officers who help raise money and run for the Special Olympics,” said SRPD Criminal Investigations Support Technician Adia Wood. “I wanted to run for the people that participate in the Special Olympics. They are unique, and if running or raising money to help them participate in this special event helps them to do that, I’d do it again and again.”
Wood recommends that others participate in the run next year to show their support to the Community and demonstrate their awareness of the Special Olympics.
SRPD Police Officer John Wyant believes in the cause very much. He said it shows the public how important our special children and adults are.
“I believe the experience is awesome because it is not just a police department function within this community. We have persons from many different departments and local governments participate, and this helps us to form a bond with the public we serve,” said Wyant. “I would recommend this to anyone. You get to meet new people, exercise and eat lunch, all in the name of helping an awesome cause for awesome people.”