New police officers carry Special Olympics torch
–On June 5, some of the Paso Robles Police Department’s newest additions, Officers Joe Stanley, Alex Ellis, Garret Silva and Joe Gonzales, participated in this year’s Special Olympics Torch Run. The officers ran alongside veteran Officer Maeghan Smallwood and Dispatcher Melissa Garcia’s husband, Gus Garcia, as they carried the torch 4.4 miles to the Templeton office of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff. Another fine example of the department’s Police and Community Together philosophy!
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is the largest public awareness vehicle and grassroots fundraiser with thousands of police officers in California championing acceptance and inclusion. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is represented in all 50 U.S. States, Canadian provinces and 46 nations with 97,000 officers around the world, raising more than half a billion dollars since its inception in 1981.