Local law enforcement officers are planning to take part in an effort by Northern California authorities to support Special Olympics.
More than 3,000 officers from federal, military, state, county and local agencies are set to participate in the Special Olympics Torch — the Flame of Hope run that started on Friday in Tulare and is set to finish in UC Davis on June 22 with the opening ceremonies of the state Summer Games.
On Tuesday, personnel from Madera’s office of the California Highway Patrol, Madera County Sheriff’s Department, Madera police, Madera County Probation Department and Chowchilla police are set to run through the county and pass the torch to Merced authorities, who will continue it on its journey to the 2012 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games.
The local leg will begin with an opening ceremony at Courthouse Park at 7:30 a.m. The run will begin at 8 a.m. proceeding north on Gateway Drive through Madera to Chowchilla’s Veteran’s Park.