Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Idaho Law Enforcement Teams Up for Torch Run for Special Olympics

Idaho Law Enforcement Teams Up for Torch Run for Special Olympics

*** Editors , This event will be covered and distributed as a VNR/MP3 release since it is occurring at the same time as the Inauguration of Governor Jim Risch.

Police Officers from all over Idaho are teaming up for a weekend of activities to raise awareness and money for Southwest Idaho Special Olympians.

Tomorrow morning, officers from some 17 different law enforcement and emergency response agencies from all over Idaho will join together for the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.  The officers will be greeted at noon at Boise City Hall by Special Olympians and several groups of school children.

The City Hall ceremony will also include a check presentation from the Boise Police Association to Special Olympics.

Following the Torch Run, dozens of officers will show their community "service" in a different way - by being guest "servers" at the Milwaukee Ave. Red Lobster.  All the tips collected by the officers will go to Special Olympics.  This annual fundraiser usually brings in about $5,000 for the athletes.

Event Times & Details:

Law Enforcement Torch Run:

    Starts - Approx. 10:45a.m., Red Lobster, Milwaukee Ave. (near the mall)

    Ending Ceremony - approx. Noon, Boise City Hall

Route of Torch Run Route to City Hall:

    N. Milwaukee, east on Fairview, to Orchard, back to Fairview, to Main to City Hall.

***Traffic officers will close one lane of traffic as the runners make their way down the streets listed above.

Cops & Lobsters (Officers working for tips at Red Lobster):

    Friday, June 2        4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

    Saturday, June 3    3:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Sunday, June 4     11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Law Enforcement Agencies Involved:

    Boise Police, Boise Fire, Boise PD Volunteers, Ada County Sheriff, Bonners Ferry Police, Canyon County Sheriff, Idaho State Police, Idaho Fish & Game, Idaho State Corrections, Emmett Police, Garden City Police, Jerome Police, McCall Police, Meridian Fire, Meridian Police, Payette County Sheriff, Twin Falls Police, Twin Falls County Sheriff.

Incredibly generous sponsors:

    Red Lobster, Krispy Kreme, MPC Computers, Olive Garden, Cop Shop, Don's Truck Wash.