Be a Hero!  Escort the Special Olympics Torch, the "Flame of Hope" in Your Community on its Journey to Summer Games.  All Law Enforcement Personnel and Agencies Welcome.

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Thank You to Our Law Enforcement Community!

Law Enforcement Torch Run raises record-breaking $417,421 for Special Olympics Northern California and donations are still coming In!

Over 2,000 Law Enforcement personnel from 195 Law Enforcement agencies throughout Northern California ran the Special Olympics Torch, the "Flame of Hope' through their communities bringing awareness and raising funds for Special Olympics!  We are so grateful for the dedication and commitment of the Law Enforcement community to our amazing Special Olympics athletes.  

Check out some of the agencies who escorted the Flame of Hope on it's Journey to Summer Games.

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Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with Us!

The year 2022 marked the 25th Anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in Northern California. A dedicated group of law enforcement officers, along with the support of Special Olympics staff, brought the Torch Run to life in Northern California in 1997. From its humble beginnings the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Northern California has grown into an integral part of Special Olympics; each year hundreds of law enforcement personnel participate. To date LETR Northern California has raised over 20 million dollars to support the athletes of Special Olympics.

Law enforcement personnel from around Northern California spend countless volunteer hours each year raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics through events such as Tip-A-Cops, Cop on a Rooftop, Police in Pursuit, Bike the Bridges and of course the Torch Run as “Guardians of the Flame”.


The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics. Known honorably as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games. Annually, almost 110,000 dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members carry the “Flame of Hope,” symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.



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Learn More About LETR

Torch Run and Summer Games

Join us for the premier Law Enforcement Torch Run events of the year!

Follow the Torch Run Flame of Hope

Be a runner and escort the Special Olympics Torch to Summer Games!

LETR Resources

We have the tools and resources to help you run a successful LETR campaign.

Meet our Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee has a wealth of Special Olympics and Torch Run knowledge. 

Get Involved

Find out how to get your agency involved!  Join the ranks of over 3,500 Law Enforcement personnel!

Join Us

We are always looking for more agency involvement throughout Northern California.  If you would like to be contacted about getting involved, please complete the LETR Interest Form and you will be contacted by one of our Law Enforcement Torch Run staff. 

LETR Interest Form