In 1986, a few officers picked up a torch, a map, and some running shoes and hit the pavement to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Southern California.
It was the beginning of the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Southern California, thanks to the leadership of San Luis Obispo Chief of Police Jim Gardnier and LAPD SWAT officer Rick Massa.
Over the years, much has changed with LETR. We now rappel down buildings, don aprons to collect tips, and jump in "chilly" waters. However, the Final Leg’s three routes remind us of our roots and why we keep the torch going: the athletes.
Be on the lookout for a commemorative torch, challenge coins, pins and other one-of-kind items.
Throughout the year, we will celebrate LETR’s 30th anniversary and its officers.