DAPO’s Southern Region puts feet to pavement

By Maryanne Larios, Parole Agent III
South Coast Parole Unit

The Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) from the Southern Region recently participated in the southern leg of the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. The run marked 17 years of active participation for the DAPO region.

The runners included active and retired parole agents and staff from South Coast, Riverside and Mid-City districts as well as members of the California Parole and Apprehension Team.

At about 10:15 a.m., the group of runners met at the Irvine Parole Office for pictures. After photos, the group was shuttled over to the starting location on Campus Drive in Newport Beach. At around 10:50 a.m., Costa Mesa Police Chief Robert Sharpnack, who ran with his department, passed the torch to South Coast District Administrator John Bent.

The DAPO group ran two miles and then passed the torch over to the University of California Irvine Police Department.

After the torch run, the group returned to the Irvine Parole Office for lunch, catered by a taco truck. This was the largest group to participate with 48 runners and an additional 16 participants.

“It was great to see all the police departments coming together for a common goal,” said Bent.

DAPO posted the largest group of runners in the Southern Region and donated $2,000 to the cause, according to Jennifer Mills, from the Special Olympics of Orange County.

“I am proud of our staff for the great effort and continued support of such a worthy cause,” said acting Southern Region Parole Administrator Karen Thacker. “I am disappointed I was unable to attend this event for the first time in five years.”

California Rehabilitation Center carries torch to Corona

By Lt. Sarah Watson, AA/PIO
California Rehabilitation Center

With cheers from supporters, staff members from the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) participated in the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Southern California.

Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  The LETR is the largest public awareness vehicle and grassroots fundraiser with more than 3,500 law enforcement personnel in Southern California championing acceptance and inclusion.

CRC employees and Special Olympians joined staff from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Jurupa Valley Station in running a portion of the 8.6 mile run up Hamner Avenue in Norco.  The LETR was part of the lead-up to the Special Olympics Summer Games held mid-June at California State University, Long Beach.

The highly competitive Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins challenged several of her staff to join her in running the entire 8.6 miles.  Accepting the challenge were members of the Crisis Response Team, Correctional Officers, Sergeants and Lieutenants, and Senior Information Systems Analyst Supervisor Christina Davis.  Other CRC staff assisted the Sheriff’s Department with traffic control to protect the runners and provided all participants with bottled water and oranges during and after the run.

The LETR began in 1981 in Wichita, Kansas as a way for law enforcement to be active in the community and support Special Olympics.

CRC has participated in the LETR for the past several years.  Along with joining other law enforcement agencies in the LETR, CRC has donated over $8,000 to Special Olympics Southern California.

This year, Warden Tampkins presented a $10,000 check to Special Olympics Southern California Regional Director Abbey Leffler.

“Law enforcement has been raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics for over 36 years.  CRC is proud to support the Special Olympics fundraising effort,” said Warden Tampkins.

At the end of the run, the tired but exuberant runners passed the torch to the Corona Police Department.  Warden Tampkins then turned to her staff, who were trying to catch their breath, and said, “You all need to start getting ready for next year.”