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UCR Police Officers Carry a Torch

UC Riverside Police Officers Carry a Torch for Special Olympics

Traffic could slow in the morning as officers take part in the special event.

(June 4, 2010)

UC Riverside's police chief Mike Lane leads the way during last year's torch run. Enlarge

UC Riverside's police chief Mike Lane leads the way during last year's torch run.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- UC Riverside’s police department is alerting local commuters that traffic around campus might get a little slow between 8 and 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 8.

But it’s for a good cause, said Wade Stern, a UCR police officer in the crime prevention unit. He and 14 other UCR officers will get a police escort of their own as they run just under three miles as they take part in one leg of the Special Olympics Southern California Torch Run.

The officers will pick up the torch from a representative of the California Highway Patrol at the campus entrance at University Avenue and West Campus Drive. They will run past Hinderaker Hall, turn right on Canyon Crest Drive, go under the freeway and continue to the corner of Central Avenue, where they will pass the torch on to representatives of the FBI.

UCR police officers have taken part in the torch run for the past six years, said Stern.

“Our officers take a lot of pride taking part in this event,” said Stern. “It’s all about working together with other law enforcement agencies to promote a very good cause.”

This year’s Southern California Special Olympics torch run, which began on June 1, features law enforcement and military personnel from 300 agencies carrying torches 1,500 miles on three separate paths. The final destination is Cal State University Long Beach, where the torches will come together to officially light the flame that begins the 2010 Special Olympics Summer Games. In 2009, officers running in the event raised more than $900,000 for Special Olympics Southern California.


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