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Benicia Police Department Participates in Annual Special Olympics Torch Run

Annual event is part of a year round fund raising effort to support Special Olympics

On Wednesday, Chief Andrew Bidou  and four present and past members of the police department carried the torch from the entrance of the Benicia State Recreation Park to the Benicia Marina. The Torch was passed off to members of the Solano County Sheriff’s Department Marine Patrol who carried it to Suisun City.  The Torch will make its way through Solano County to U.C. Davis by the weekend event.

The Benicia Police Officers Association donates $500 to Special Olympics Torch Run each year.

For more than 16 years, members of the Police Department have been involved in the run along with other Solano County law enforcement agencies as the torch passes from Contra Costa County through Solano County.

The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run is a year round fundraising campaign that will culminate at the Special Olympics Northern California the weekend of June 23 at U.C. Davis Aggie Stadium.

“Participation in this event began with the Benicia PD SWAT Team and has evolved every year by including other members of the Police Department” said Lt. Frank Hartig.  “We now have Police Dispatchers, Patrol Officers, Detectives, Bike Officers, Community Service Officers and Records Clerks participating in this important event. This is a way for members of the Benicia Police Department to give back to the community and be a part of something worthwhile.”

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