The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Southern California is the largest public awareness vehicle and grassroots fundraiser with more than 3,500 officers in Southern California championing acceptance and inclusion. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is represented in all 50 U.S. states, Canadian provinces and 46 nations with 97,000 officers around the world, raising more than half a billion dollars since its inception in 1981. The Law Enforcement Torch Run in Southern California is one the leading program in the world, raising $1.7 million in 2015 with participants representing 200 law enforcement agencies.


LETR 30th Anniversary

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.

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