On Friday, April 26th, 2013, at around 0930, our Phoenix Police employees received the Special Olympics Arizona Torch from members of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office which began our departments run of honor in support of Arizona Special Olympians. All precincts and bureaus were well represented as we ran in three separate “legs” of the Law Enforcement Torch Run which originated simultaneously in Kingman, Page and Yuma.
As part of this huge undertaking, Chief of Police Garcia received the Torch from members of our South Mountain Precinct, the Training Academy, Capital Police and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, and passed the torch on to Lt. Adrian Ruiz.
The Department was also well represented at the Special Olympics Arizona Opening Ceremony at Mesa Community College with our Phoenix Police Explorers participating in “The Last Leg”, the carrying of the official Olympic Torch into the stadium.
The employees of our department represented well and with a great esprit de corps on this very special day. Their enthusiasm was motivated by their will to accomplish the goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run:
The mission of the Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run is to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Arizona statewide. We carry the Torch representing the Flame of Hope and dedicate ourselves to helping Special Olympics Arizona throughout the state.
A special thanks to all department employees who helped make the Phoenix Police Departments participation in the Law Enforcement Torch Run a huge success.