Clifford Priest, President – Niagara Region Police Association

Clifford Trevor Priest passed away in his 63rd year on July 22, 2021 after an illness with family by his side. Cliff was the President of the Niagara Region Police Association and a strong supporter of Special Olympics both before and during his tenure as President. He often referred to Special Olympics as the policing member’s charity as there was …

Divya Bhagria of the Niagara Regional Police Started Her LETR Journey Off Strong!

The Ontario Virtual Torch Run (OVTR) happened to be Niagara Regional Police’s, Divya Bhagria’s first-ever event with Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). “I saw internal emails being sent out from our Niagara LETR team to the service about Torch Run and Special Olympics Ontario,” said Divya. She continued, “I decided to open the email, which led me to the LETR …

Champion of Inclusion today and every day. Meet Sergeant Aaron Gross, Niagara Regional Police.

Sergeant Aaron Gross is the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) representative for the Niagara Regional Police Service. With his involvement he helps coordinate officers in attendance for local SOO School Programs, Polar Plunge, other fundraising initiatives, and program events. Aaron goes beyond that by taking part in additional events across the province such as the …

Constable Jeffrey Northrup, Toronto Police Service

Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) and the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics (OLETR) are mourning the heartbreaking loss of Cst. Jeffrey Northrup of the Toronto Police Service (TPS).  Cst. Northrup was not only a supporter of the many Torch Run events that TPS organizes, but also a great contributor to the success of the Special Olympics Brampton community.  His …

Sgt. John Doran, Peel Regional Police

Since the beginning of his 21-year policing career, Staff Sergeant John Doran was a steadfast supporter of Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). John’s participation initially started when he got involved with the annual Peel Regional Police Catherine Heaney Torch Run for Special Olympics Ontario (SOO). As a result of John’s leadership qualities and passion for supporting the athletes, his participation in LETR evolved to that of …

Constable Randall Arsenault, Toronto Police Service

Constable Randall Arsenault of the Toronto Police Service got his start with Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) this past year! “Admittedly, I’ve heard about LETR for many years, however, I never got involved on a personal level,” said Randall. When the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to Canada, Randall saw the loss of programming Special Olympics athletes faced and how they were impacted by the shutdowns. Randall …

Inspector Marc Brunette, Greater Sudbury Police Service

Marc Brunette’s first exposure to Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) began early on in his policing career when Sergeant Joanne Pendrak (now retired) recruited him to get involved. “She had a remarkable ability to recruit members of our Police Service to join the good cause that is LETR,” said Marc. His involvement started with fundraising and participating in local Torch Run’s. “This is …

Constable Jeffery McLean, Ontario Provincial Police

Jeffery McLean got his start with Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) during his time with the Shelburne Police Service. His first involvement began with participating in a Torch Run as an Auxiliary Constable, with about 100 other runners. Fast forward to 2020, Jeffery became the Chair of the Shelburne Police Service’s local LETR committee. Now, Jeffery wears a new uniform. As Shelburne Police Service disbanded and transitioned into the Ontario …

Constable Tammie Staples, Port Hope Police Service

Tammie Staples’ Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) journey began in 2003 when a new constable at the time asked her to help out with Special Olympics duties. “We involved local kids in our community to ride on a float as we ran with the torch through the town, supporting LETR and Special Olympics,” said Tammie. After moving into a Community Liaison position with the Port Hope Police Service (PHPS), part of …

Civilian Evidence Management Specialist, Aletta Brown, Niagara Regional Police

It all started 10 years ago when Mike McAllister invited Aletta Brown to a LETR event. “I met the athletes and never looked back,” said Aletta. “I loved everything about Special Olympics Ontario!” To this day, Aletta’s involvement has continued because of her connection with the athletes. “The athletes. The smiles. Knowing that I am making a difference,” all of which …