The Dalton Police Department is once again taking part in the statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run effort to raise money for Special Olympics Georgia. The agency is selling Torch Run merchandise to raise money and also through pledges for officers to run the nine mile torch run in May. The Torch Run route takes officers and deputies through Whitfield County to the Gordon County line.
Each year, the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is the largest fundraising effort for SOGA. More than 100 law enforcement agencies across the state take part through various fundraisers which culminate with a series of relay runs with the Special Olympics torch. In 2013, the LETR effort raised more than $759,000 in Georgia. This year, the statewide goal is to raise $849,000.
As part of the department’s fundraising effort, the DPD is selling 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run hats and T-shirts for $12 each. The shirts are available in small, medium, large, extra large and double extra large. They are on sale at the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street.
The date has not yet been set for the nine mile torch run through Whitfield County to the Gordon County line, but it will take place in May. Anyone who wants to sponsor a DPD runner can contact Lieutenant Chris Crossen at 706 278-9085, ext. 310 or at email@example.com for more information.