Members of the Duluth Police Department were in force yesterday to prepare to pass on the "Flame of Hope: Torch for Special Olympics of Minnesota. The Torch Run started at Brighton Beach, and traveled through City Hall before passing the flame at Stowe School as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for Special Olympics Minnesota.

This is just one small part of the contributions that the men and women of the Duluth Police Department do all year to help raise funds or assist in some of the Special Olympics events. I have seen first hand at the Polar Bear Plunge, and it truly is an incredible thing to see the same people each and every year spending hours of their own time to make these events happen.

The Torch run started at Brighton Beach, down to City Hall before passing the flame at Stowe School as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for Special Olympics Minnesota. Ryan Temple, a Duluth Police Department investigator told CBS3 The importance of the law enforcement torch run is again just to show our relationship with the Special Olympics community. There’s a pretty tight bond between a lot of us, and some of the Special Olympic athletes – they look up to us, we look up to them."

Law enforcement from 32 different countries, as well as all 50 states and 10 Canadian Provinces, all participated in carrying the “Flame of Hope,” which traveled for a total of 1,066 miles. Organizers said “The Final Leg” is a statewide relay/run event organized by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Minnesota.

The “Flame of Hope” will arrive in the Twin Cities on Friday for the Summer Games Celebration Ceremony, which will be held at the University of St. Thomas.