Police Department

Law Enforcement Torch Run

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The whole team running in a column of 2.

On Thursday , May 31, the Flame of Hope passed through Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana and Orange. The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) concludes in Long Beach on June 9, traveling 1,500 miles through 200 Southern California communities. The torch run raises awareness and money for the Special Olympics of Southern California where more than 1,100 athletes will compete in aquatics, track and field, basketball, bocce, golf and gymnastics at the June 10-11th games at Cal State Long Beach. LETR began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas, Police Chief Richard LaMunyon created the Torch Run. He thought the Torch Run would help law enforcement be active in the community and support Special Olympics Kansas. In 1983, Chief LaMunyon presented the program to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) where they decided to endorse Torch Run and became the “Founding Law Enforcement Organization.” With the IACP’s support, LETR became the movement's largest public awareness and fundraising group for Special Olympics.

Police Officers, CSOs, and several UCI Athletes run in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for Special Olympics Southern California.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Southern California is the largest public awareness vehicle and grassroots fundraiser with more than 3,500 officers in Southern California championing acceptance and inclusion. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is represented in all 50 U.S. states, Canadian provinces and 46 nations with 97,000 officers around the world, raising more than half a billion dollars since its inception in 1981. The Law Enforcement Torch Run in Southern California is one of the leading programs in the world, raising $1.7 million in 2015 with participants representing 200 law enforcement agencies.

CSO Pureco shows her enthusiasm during the three mile run through UCI campus.

CSO Zamora breaks from the cadence of the run to have a bit of fun with the camera.

Lt. Frisbee and Lt. Reiss lead the pack as they run down East Peltason to eventually hand off the torch to the Irvine Police Department.

The group took turns to hold the torch throughout the course. CSO Gewarges holds the torch as CSO Hoo sets the pace.

olice officers block traffic on Harvard Avenue to ensure the safety of the runners.

As part of the department’s bike unit, Officer Patton will ride the patrol bicycle to safely escort the runners through the streets.

Lt. Frisbee and Lt. Reiss run the last 50 feet on Harvard Avenue to hand off the torch to the waiting hands of Irvine Police Department runners.

Photo of a runner carrying the torch

Police SUV escorting the runners.

Having been involved with the Torch Run for 24 years and currently serving on the executive council for the Special Olympics, Irvine PD Commander, Mike Hallinan, snaps a photo of our team as we approach the torch hand off.

The Irvine Police Department Motor Unit watches as the torch is handed off to their department.