The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run was canceled due to COVID-19, but that didn’t stop the Oakland Police Department from taking part virtually and still raising more than $ 2,500 in donations for Special Olympics Florida.
Angela Campbell led the team that came second behind Fort Lauderdale out of 23 agencies that participated across the state. This is the first year Oakland has competed.
To bring in the $ 2,537, the department held a series of fundraisers. Police officers participated in a Tip-A-Cop program at DG Donuts, where they interacted with customers and asked for donations three times. Cpl. Jason Hayes and Officer Anthony Castro also served the delicious donuts during the Tip-A-Cop events.
Other fundraisers included fundraising requests on social media and a casual day at Oakland Avenue Charter School where students could pay $ 1 and not wear their uniforms to school.
“More than 58,000 united partners and athletes with intellectual disabilities receive health exams and participate in sports competitions that are free for them or their families all year round. By helping the police raise funds, more athletes can experience the joy of sports through the Florida Special Olympics programs, ”said Campbell.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run has been held in Florida since 1984 and includes departments across the state. The agencies act as guardians of the flame annually as they carry the flame of hope through each district. The last stage culminates in the opening ceremony of the state summer games.
Campbell said the Oakland Police Department is already planning to attend the next event.