Special Olympics Southern California held the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Bakersfield on Monday, June 4. It wasn’t your average run as this marked a first for the department and Kern County. The Kern County Leg of the Torch Run was CDCR’s first entry as a team in Kern County thanks to North Kern State Prison. Meanwhile, the California Institution for Men raised $6,500 for Special Olympics and ran with the Chino Police Department.
The Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) Southern Region Parole participated in the 2018 Special Olympic Law Enforcement Torch Run. South Coast Parole District hosted the event which included 88 runners and about 40 other participants from the Mid-City, Riverside, San Gabriel Valley, High Desert, and Harbor Districts. Southern Region Headquarters, Parole Outpatient Clinic, and Santa Ana Day Reporting Center staff also participated. This is the largest participation in the 18-year DAPO participation in this event surpassing last year’s 48 runners.
It was a cool, spring morning in San Diego County at the Chula Vista Police Department’s Memorial Wall, as a dozen or so San Diego Law Enforcement agencies gathered for the ceremonial lighting of the torch. RJ Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) Chief Deputy Warden Patrick Covello provided a very warm pledge of support for the Special Olympic athletes and presented a check to the Special Olympics Administration team, placing RJDCF as one of the top contributors in San Diego County with over $10,000 donated.
As the saying goes, nothing is as American as baseball and apple pie. While there was no pie, staff from two CDCR prisons recently had the chance to raise money for a good cause while taking in a ball game. California Correctional Center and High Desert State Prison staff enjoyed a baseball game at the start of the season with a portion of the money spent on tickets donated to the Special Olympics.
California State Prison-Los Angeles County (CSP-LAC) officers and two lieutenants participated in the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run on June 4. CSP-LAC joined forces with Los Angeles County Sheriff Department (LASD) running two miles to support the Special Olympics.
Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) was recently recognized by the Special Olympics of Northern California (SONC) for the institution’s generous contribution of $37,000 in 2017. In attendance for the presentations were Undersecretary Diana Toche, Chief of External Affairs Albert Rivas, Warden Robert Burton, Chief Deputy Warden Kathryn Kesterson, SONC CEO David Solo, SONC Development Director Katie Ostrom, Special Olympics athletes Joynell Armer and Jock Mayers, as well as 80 DVI staff members who have volunteered, raised money or participated in the events.