The Lassen County Board of Supervisors display the Torch Run banner.

Law enforcement participates in Torch Run in support of Special Olympics

Lassen County law enforcement officers will participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in Northern California Monday, June 17.

According to the staff report, the Northern California Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch run raises awareness and funds for Special Olympics. The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, Probation Department and other law enforcement agencies are excited to be bringing this event to Lassen County. The opening ceremonies will start at the Historic Courthouse at 7 a.m. Monday, June 17. Once the opening ceremony is concluded, the Flame of Hope will be carried along the planned route to its final destination at the Lassen Hall of Justice.

Jennifer Banning, Lassen County’s Chief Probation Officer, updated the Lassen County Board of Supervisors at the Tuesday, June 11 meeting. The board unanimously approved a proclamation supporting the third annual event.

In order to increase the visibility of the event, Banning said the runners will run on the sidewalk along Main Street. Other law enforcement officers will handle traffic enforcement if necessary. She expects the pace to be a little bit slower this year.

She said the event could use more donations because they haven’t reached their goal yet. She hopes the event could raise an additional $2,500. Donations could be make in person at the Lassen County Probation Department or online or on Facebook.

“I love the Torch Run,” Banning said. “Something I’ve always been passionate about is people with intellectual disabilities and being inclusive and supporting a good cause … It is a grand moment in their lives when we run with the torch and pass the torch off. That’s a big moment.”

For more information, call Banning at (530) 251-8212.