Special Olympics Press Release


I am Superintendent Andy Hobbs and it’s my honour to again welcome the Law Enforcement Torch Run to the Vancouver Police Department.

From its modest beginning in 1981, the Law Enforcement Torch Run is now the largest fundraiser and public awareness vehicle in the Special Olympics movement, with over 85,000 officers in 35 countries, raising over $25 million dollars a year for Special Olympics.

There are over 1.7 million athletes worldwide in more than 150 countries competing in 26 different events.

The Vancouver Police and its members are extremely proud to be a part of the Torch Run and support Special Olympics, and this year members have raised over $35,000 dollars.

You may ask, “Why be involved?” but one only has to spend some time with the athletes, their trainers, assistants, and supporters to see that they are some of the most committed, passionate, and dedicated people.

We are extremely proud to contribute to such a worthwhile cause. Each officer involved and those that donate know that they are making a real contribution to their community and doing something important by helping and supporting intellectually challenged athletes in their quest for excellence.