On Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 8:00 a.m., members of the Dallas Police Department set out on a mission. This was not one of enforcement, but awareness. Several department members ran on behalf of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, while carrying The Torch of Hope. The run began at Dallas Police Headquarters and ended in the middle of Southern Methodist University campus. “The run was to bring awareness to the Special Olympics and what it stands for,” said Sergeant Thomas Sible. During the run, participants ran passed several elementary schools to give high fives to students along the route. The schools the runners passed along the way were holding penny drives to collect money for Special Olympics and the participants made sure to thank them for their support.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics was started in 1981 by Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon, and is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle in the world. Law enforcement officers throughout the world carry the “Flame of Hope” through the streets of their communities and deliver it to their local, state, national, or world Special Olympics Games.