Friday, June 9, 2017

Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run - Opening Ceremony Kicks-Off Prince George’s 1st Leg in Hyattsville-District 1

Upper Marlboro, MD… Sheriff Melvin C. High and Chief Assistant Sheriff Darrin Palmer joined Hyattsville City Chief of Police Douglas Holland, with County Police Chief Hank Stawinski and other law enforcement agencies on Wednesday, June 7th, at a ceremony to begin the Prince George’s County leg of the Maryland Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Maryland, including police training academies.

Chief Holland, who chairs the Law Enforcement Torch Run, said “Over 7,000 Special Olympics Maryland athletes and their coaches and families support us to raise money for this important event.” Thanking each of the agencies for their commitment and participation with Special Olympics, Chief Holland said the Torch Run ends with the final leg of the race at 5:30 p.m. today when the Flame of Hope opens the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games at Towson University where it will burn throughout the weekend.

Sheriff High said he continues to be proud of the role that law enforcement has played in the growth of Special Olympics. “Special Olympics is a law enforcement tradition. I’ve been involved my whole career and every agency I’ve been a part of has supported Special Olympics. It’s important and it goes to the heart our people have to help others.”

The Special Olympics Torch Run, begun in 1981, has been a project of law enforcement since it was embraced by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in 1984.

For more information, contact the Communications and Public Affairs Division at 301-780-7354.

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