The Torch of Hope

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On Friday, May 26, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., Chief Pughes, Chief Stokes and Chief Tittle joined members of the Dallas Police Department and other law enforcement agencies for the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. They observed a moment of silence before the run in honor of fallen officers. The run began at the University of Texas at Arlington’s KC Dorm and ended at the Maverick Stadium. They were cheered on by students, Special Olympics Athletes and their families. 

After the run, a presentation was given to thank the sponsors and volunteers that make the Special Olympics games possible. Deborah Joseph, a Dallas Police Department employee, has been volunteering for the Special Olympics for 20 years and was recently awarded the Unsung Hero award from the Special Olympics.

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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.

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DallasPD Runs in Law Enforcement Torch Run

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On May 5, 2016, the Dallas Police Department helped kick off the Special Olympics Summer Games by participating in the Law Enforcement Torch run. The runners took off from Jack Evans Headquarters and ran through downtown Dallas, Uptown, and Highland Park. After running for 7 miles, the runners crossed the finish line at Southern Methodist University. Dallas police employees run this annual event to help bring awareness to individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities.  

About Special Olympics Texas Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding, and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 51,300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.

To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646 or engage with them on:

Twitter: @SOTexas

YouTubeyoutube.com/specialolympicstexas.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/specialolympicstx 

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Jewelry Theft Caught On Camera

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The Dallas Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance regarding a jewelry thief that was caught on camera.

On November 21, 2015, at about 3:30 pm a Latin male suspect 20-25 years old about 6 feet tall weighing 150 pounds went to a jewelry store inside the Bazaar located at 735 North Westmoreland Road. The suspect asked to look at a gold necklace. The suspect then fled the location without paying, or the owner’s permission.

If anyone knows the identity of the suspect in the posted video, we ask that you contact Detective Avila of the Southwest Investigative Unit at 214-671-0550. Please the posted surveillance video.

 

What does Jersey Mike’s & The Law Enforcement Torch Run Have in Common?

It’s the Special Olympics! 

Pictured are Highland Park's Sergeant Lance Koppa, Dannielle Rankin and Sonny Paletti of Jersey Mike's, and Dallas Police Officer Margarita Argumedo.

Pictured are Highland Park’s Sergeant Lance Koppa, Dannielle Rankin and Sonny Paletti of Jersey Mike’s, along with Dallas Police Officer Margarita Argumedo.

Jersey Mike’s Subs and the owners of the Lovers Lane location selected Special Olympics Texas as a recipient to their fundraising efforts. They raise funds for multiple organizations and wanted to build a relationship with Special Olympics.

Dannielle Rankin, Jersey Mike’s Subs Regional Marketing Manager, is familiar with law enforcement’s relationship with Special Olympics.  Her experiences with the Law Enforcement Torch Run helped her select the Special Olympics as their recipient.

The owner of the Lover’s Lane location, Sonny Paletti, offered to use their restaurant as a starting point.  To raise money, cards were printed and handed out by Jersey Mike’s Subs which allowed customers to get a free regular sub with just a minimum donation of $2 dollars.

The three-way partnership included Jersey Mike’s Subs, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics (which include Dallas and Highland Park Police Departments), and Special Olympics Texas. 

Special Olympics Texas currently provides sports opportunities to over 51,000 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. More information about Special Olympics Texas may be found at: http://www.sotx.org/about/. We are so proud to collaborate with everyone to raise funds and awareness for an organization that is close and dear to our hearts.