Canton Police: 'Let Us Continue to Carry the Flame of Hope'

Canton Police will once again join many other departments across the state this year, in volunteering their time to raise awareness and funds for the Connecticut Special Olympics program.

Credit: Special Olympics Connecticut
Credit: Special Olympics Connecticut
he following is an open letter from the Canton Police Department to the community.

On behalf of the Connecticut Special Olympics (CTSO) and the Canton Police Department, I want to say thank you for your support and your generous donations.   

Annually the Canton Police Department, and many other Police Departments throughout the state, volunteer their time to raise awareness and funds for the CTSO through events like, Cop on Top, Tip a Cop, Penguin Plunge and the Torch Run.  

Last year, the Canton Police Department raised over $2,200 with the Adopt-A-Mile program and overall we raised over $3,000, during the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Cop on Top.  

As a Law Enforcement community, we had over 1,500 Officers and Special Olympic Athletes participate in the Torch Run, which covered over 530 miles and ran through more than 100 cities within Connecticut.  

The CT Law Enforcement community raised over $550,000 for CTSO.

Your donations helped in transforming the lives of people with an intellectual disability. 

More than 90% of people with intellectual disabilities have increased self-esteem, sports skills and social skills after participating in the Special Olympics.  

The mission statement of the Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Recently the Canton Police Department was awarded “Rookie of the Year” for raising the most in donations by a Police Department.  

Also, I was one of 12 Officers from CT that had the privilege to attend the International Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference in Orlando, FL this past November.

We are looking forward to another exciting and fun year and we look forward to seeing you at one of events this year.

We hope that you will continue to support the Canton Police Department in our efforts to raise awareness and funds for the CTSO. The Special Olympics transforms athletes’ lives through the joy of sports. 

Help us make a difference and let us continue to carry the "Flame of Hope."

Officer David Rodriguez #5
Canton Police Department, Team Captain


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