‘You get that special connection’

Barrie Today
June 14, 2017

As many as 40 Barrie Police officers traded uniforms for short and sneakers and hit the ground running for The Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. 

Under blue skies and luckily no humidity, Special Olympians from Simcoe County joined the crowd as it left from Barrie Police Headquarters on Spirling Drive around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The charity that is so near and dear to the hearts of police officers is celebrating its 30th year. 

Barrie Police Service has been supporting Special Olympics Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for at least 15 years.

“The run is about raising awareness as well as raising funds for all the special events they do throughout the course of the year,” said Barrie Police Sgt. Rob Gravel, who says officers benefit from the run as well. 

“We're able to give them the high five and run next to them. You get that special connection.”

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