Every year the Newton Police Department participates in the Kansas Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run was started in 1981 by Wichita Police Chief Richard LaMunyon to help raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics. The 2010 Law Enforcement Torch Run was June 1-4 throughout Kansas. The run went through Newton on June 4.
This year's participants from the Newton Police Department were Training Officer Jan McCloud (the Harvey County Torch Run coordinator), Lieutenant Craig Dunlavy, Detective Sergeant Scott Powell, Detective Craig Douglass, School Resource Officer Jeff Davis, Officer Michael Stinger, Animal Control Officer Jennifer Burns and Records Clerk Gloria Arellano. Other participants were Gary Littlejohn, Colt Pfautz, Kristina Boese, Tim Boese (Harvey County Sheriff's Office), Shari McCoy (Harvey County Emergency Communications Dispatcher) and Bob Maier (Hesston Volunteer Firefighter).
Information about the Kansas Special Olympics
The Kansas Special Olympics started in 1970 and has grown to more than 100 local programs and teams throughout Kansas. The athletes participate in 22 different sports and train year-round. The sports range from individual sports, such as powerlifting and gymnastics, to teams sports, such as soccer and volleyball.
Special Olympics Links