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Posted on: May 15, 2019

OPD Will Run in the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Event

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Community engagement is nothing new for the Olivette Police Department. For the past twelve years, OPD has participated in the annual The Law Enforcement Torch Run®. This year is no different.

Wednesday, May 29th, the Olivette Police Department will run with 90,000+ law enforcement participants in 50 states and over 40 countries for the event that raises $58 million+ annually for the Special Olympics.

The event began thirty-two years ago in Kansas as a vision of Chief Richard LaMunyon. Chief LaMunyon had a desire to provide his officers with an opportunity to participate in something positive and life-changing for their communities. The Missouri Police Chiefs Association is the founding law enforcement organization for Missouri's Torch Run for Special Olympics. What began in 1986 as a 30-mile run is now an 11-day relay in covering more than 950 miles with more than 2,500 runners in the state of Missouri. It originates in more than 40 locations and culminates at the site of the State Summer Games in Springfield, Missouri.  2019 represents the 33rd year that Missouri Law enforcement officers have supported the Missouri Special Olympics.

Nearly 150 agencies and 6,500 officers work year-round in Missouri to accomplish this goal. All funds raised go toward supporting Special Olympics Missouri's year-round sports training and athletic competition program for more than 15,000 athletes across the state. If you are a business in Olivette or would like to donate, please send all donations to the Missouri Special Olympics.

Expect minor traffic delays on Dielman Road, Price Road, and Olive Boulevard on the morning of Wednesday, May 29th.

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