By Lt. Roland Ramon, AA/PIO
Correctional Training Facility
Employees from the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) and Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting the Northern California Special Olympics.
The mission of the Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run®, (LETR) in partnership with our communities, is to support Special Olympics Northern California through fundraising and public awareness, while enhancing the quality of life of our athletes.
More than 3,000 law enforcement personnel from Federal, Military, State, County and Local agencies participate in the Torch Run campaign. Funds are raised year-round through a variety of activities, such as; Tip‐A‐Cops, Building Sits (Badges with Buckets), Polar Plunges, T‐Shirt Sales and many more.
Every June, hundreds of law enforcement personnel carry the Special Olympics Torch – the Flame of Hope® through counties all over Northern California, culminating at the Opening Ceremonies of the state Summer Games. As one of the state’s largest grassroots fundraising efforts, the Law Enforcement Torch Run®has become the single largest supporter of Special Olympics.
Law enforcement agencies from South Monterey County have not participated in the Torch Run in many years so CTF and SVSP established a new route for South Monterey County Law Enforcement agencies.
Warden Spearman along with CTF and SVSP Managers, Supervisors, and Officers began their six-mile run through the cities of Soledad, Gonzales, and Salinas handing off the Torch to the California Highway Patrol.
Residents and spectators waved to the CTF and SVSP runners as they carried the Torch through the three cities. The CTF raised $1,221.00 for this very worthy cause and plan to raise more money next year.