Law Enforcement Torch Run Program
For Special Olympics Massachusetts
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is a year-round fundraising and awareness building program, designed to allow members of the law enforcement community the opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes who live, work and compete in their local communities.
Since 1981, when Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to increase awareness of Special Olympics, members of law enforcement have been bestowed the honor and responsibility of being the Guardians of the Flame®.
What began simply as escorting the Flame of Hope on its journey across the state to the Opening Ceremonies of Summer Games, Winter Games and all other athletic competitions, turned into one of the largest grassroots fundraising programs in the organization. Today the LETR program is growing at an incredible rate, with all 50 states and more than 35 countries actively participating in the program. Internationally, more than 55 Million dollars was raised in 2016. In Massachusetts, more than $500,000 was raised across the state.
Structure and Management
The LETR program is structured in a way that allows law enforcement and Special Olympics Massachusetts to work as true partners in advancing the cause. To accomplish this, an executive council comprised of law enforcement officials from a cross section of departments across the state are tasked with managing the growth of the program and overall strategic vision. The Executive Council is as follows:
- Co-Director — CHIEF JIM DIGIANVITTORIO, Middleton Police Department
- Co-Director — CHIEF RICHARD PIERCE (Ret.), Attleboro Police Department
- At Large — JOHN EVON, Hampden County Sheriff’s Office
- At Large — CHIEF STEVE MAZZIE, Everett Police Department
- At-Large – INVESTIGATOR JOHN BASSI, Pittsfield Police Department
- At-Large – DETECTIVE SERGEANT LARRY CROSMAN, Mansfield Police Department
- Barnstable County Coordinator – Lieutenant Kevin Considine, Harwich Police Department
- Berkshire County Coordinator – Officer Darren Derby, Pittsfield Police Department
- Bristol County Coordinator – Officer Kristin Crosman, North Attleboro Police Department
- Hampden County Coordinator – Shift Supervisor Jon Laporte, Hampden County Sheriff’s Office
How Can You Get Involved
It’s easy to get involved in the LETR program. You can organize your own event, or be a part of one that a fellow officer is organizing. Here are a few examples of some of the most popular LETR events:
Interested in hosting your own event?
All events, new and existing need to be approved by the LETR Executive Council. Please fill out and submit an Event Proposal Form below.