Law Enforcement Officers Raising Funds for Special Olympics

On Friday 12 April 2013 officers of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force participated in the first Tip-A-Cop fund raising activity, as part of the LETR for Special Olympics.

The officers, through the local LETR Committee, partnered with a number of local restaurants, to implement what they call, the Tip A Cop fundraiser program, starting with the Ballahoo Restaurant and Bar, Circus Grill, TWIST and Sweet Lime.

During this fund raising activity six (6) police officers participated, and the patrons of these restaurants were very pleased to be served by the officers, and more so to support the worthy cause. Some patrons loved the idea that they even suggested some of their own which will be considered. 

The LETR is comprised of members of the entire Law Enforcement fraternity; Police, Defence Force, Customs, Prisons, Port Constables, Fire Search and Rescue, and Private Security.

Organizers have been encouraging members of the public to give their support to the other scheduled events that have been scheduled for the luncheon periods at the following restaurants:

  • Ballahoo Restaurant: 16 and 26 April 2013 
  • Circus Grill: 16, 17, 18, 25, and 26 April 2013
  • Sweet Lime: 16, 19, 23, and 26 April 2013
  • Twist: 29 and 30 April, and 1 May 2013

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics (LETR) began in 1981, when Wichita, Kansas (USA) Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to increase awareness of Special Olympics. He also saw it as an ideal way to get local law enforcement personnel involved with the Special Olympics community. The LETR was quickly adopted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), now recognized as the founding organization of the Special Olympics Law enforcement Torch Run®. What started as a flicker, thirty-two years ago, has grown into a roaring flame of support and stability for Special Olympics athletes worldwide.

The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement. Each year, the LETR initiative grows bigger and better.

At its most basic level, the LETR is a running event in which officers and athletes carry the Flame of Hope® to the Opening Ceremony of Special Olympics local competitions, state and provincial Games, and National Summer or Winter Games. In addition, every two years, law enforcement officers from around the world gather to carry the Flame of Hope® in a Final Leg torch run in honor of the Special Olympics World Summer or World Winter Games. 

Overall, the LETR initiative encompasses a variety of fundraising vehicles. These include T-shirt and merchandise sales, donations and pledges for runners who participate in the LETR, corporate partnerships, and special events such as Polar Plunge®, Tip-A-Cop®, World’s Largest Truck Convoy ®, Cops on Top®, golf tournaments and other events that have extensive local appeal.



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