Special Olympics and the Berkeley Police Department
For more than a decade, members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) have been involved in raising money and contributing their own earnings to promote awareness for Law Enforcement's largest philanthropy - Special Olympics. Officers of all ranks as well as professional staff give of their time to participate in events that happen throughout the year.
Special Olympics of Northern California
Each year, a group of BPD runners participate in the Annual Northern California Special Olympics Torch Run. In June, members receive the "Flame of Hope" from members of the City of Emeryville Police Department (BPD) and carry it (become "Guardians of the Flame") approximately 2 miles where they hand it to a group from the City of Albany Police Department. (APD)
Some of the other events BPD has participated in over the years are the Summer Games Opening Ceremonies, the handing out of medal to the athletes, "Tip-a-Cop", Torch Run, "Over the Edge" and the "Tutu Ride" which is an event that Officer Brandon Smith (BPD's Special Olympics Coordinator) conceived of in 2010 .
In the year 2010, members of BPD gave their time, energy and hearts as well as raised $10,624 for Special Olympics . This year, 2011, BPD is on track to raise over $12,000.
Officer Brandon Smith #3,
BPD Special Olympics Coordinator
Portrait By Ryan Montgomery