Law enforcement runners will carry the Special Olympics Torch through Port Orchard

Thirteen years ago the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, the Kitsap County Deputy Sheriff’s Guild and other local law enforcement agencies banded  together to form KOSSO (Kitsap Officers Supporting Special Olympics).

This year, as in the past, local law enforcement officers and executive staffs have arranged  their off-duty schedules to join in support of Special Olympics Washington.

A singular event takes place Thursday, May 30, when law enforcement runners will carry the Special Olympics Torch, known as the “Flame of Hope,” during a running and-boating relay, throughout Kitsap County and a portion of the Key Peninsula and across the Tacoma Narrows.

This relay is part of the nation-wide Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise community  awareness to the needs of Special Olympics. The run is Special Olympics’ largest  grass-roots vehicle: since its inception, more than 90,000 law enforcement officers have  carried the ‘flame’ around 50 states and 35 nations raising awareness and funds for  Special Olympics.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is scheduled to coincide with the start of the 2013 Special Olympics Washington Summer Games, to be held at Joint Base Lewis -McChord, Tacoma, beginning with the opening ceremonies Friday evening, May 31 and continuing through Sunday, June 2.

“I am pleased to join with the county’s law enforcement agency chiefs, deputies, police  officers, troopers, special agents, Department of Homeland Security personnel, law  enforcement family members, and staff and volunteers in supporting this extremely  important effort,” said Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer. “While there are a large number of outstanding causes that are supported by law enforcement, Special Olympics has  always held an extra-special place in our endeavors towards community involvement. The joy, purpose and sense of accomplishment demonstrated by these special athletes serve as an example for all of us.”

Agencies and personnel participating in the Kitsap Peninsula Law Enforcement  Torch Run include:

• Bainbridge Island Police Department

• Bremerton Police Department

• Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office

• Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Northwest Field Office

• Poulsbo Police Department

• Suquamish Police Department

• U. S. Coat Guard - Maritime Force Protection Unit, Bangor

• Washington State Patrol, District 8

• Gig Harbor Police Department

• Pierce County Sheriff’s Department

Additionally, non-law enforcement county employees and other interested civilians are  adding their ‘legs’ to the torch run by joining in on the relay.

2013 Bainbridge Island to Tacoma Narrows Law Enforcement Torch Run Schedule

(Note: All times approximate)

7 a.m. - Bainbridge Island Police Department runs the torch to the Agate Pass Bridge.

8:10 a.m. - Bainbridge Island PD hands the torch to Suquamish Police Department on  the Agate Pass Bridge. Suquamish PD runs the torch into the City of Poulsbo at State  Highway 305 and Hostmark Street, where they will turn over custody of the torch to Poulsbo Police Department.

9:10 a.m. - Poulsbo PD will carry the torch down Hostmark Street to Front Street and continue on Lindvig Street to Viking Avenue, then head southbound to the Mucky Duck Restaurant, 19559 Viking Avenue.

9:30 a.m. - Poulsbo PD hands off the torch to Naval Criminal Investigative Service at the restaurant. NCIS will continue carrying the torch southbound on Viking Avenue to Viking Way / Silverdale Way.

10:40 a.m. - NCIS will hand the torch to Mrs. Rebecca Haines near the Silverdale Community Center / YMCA. Mrs. Haines will pass the torch to runners from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

10:45 a.m. - KCSO will carry the torch westbound on Bucklin Hill Road to State Highway 303, then southbound on State Hwy 303 to the intersection of State Hwy 303 and Riddell Road.

11:55 a.m. - KCSO will pass the torch to Bremerton Police Department at the State Hwy 303 / Riddell Road intersection. Bremerton PD runners proceed southbound on Wheaton Way / Warren Avenue to Burwell Street, then eastbound to the Bremerton Marina.

12:20 p.m. - Bremerton PD arrives at Bremerton Marina.

12:25 p.m. - Capt. Tom Wolfe, Bremerton PD, will hand over the torch to Kitsap County Undersheriff Dennis Bonneville, who will then embark aboard a sheriff’s marine unit SAFE Boat for transit across Sinclair Inlet.

12:45 p.m. - KCSO SAFE Boat arrives at Port Orchard Marina. Undersheriff Bonneville will disembark and pass the torch to runners from the U. S. Coast Guard - Maritime Force Protection Unit, Bangor.

12:50 p.m. - The torch is carried by Coast Guard runners west along Bay Street to Port Orchard Blvd., then southbound to Tremont Street and westbound to Pottery Avenue. At this intersection runners turn southbound and continue on Pottery Avenue / Sidney Road to the intersection with Sedgwick Road.

1:30 p.m. - At Sidney & Sedgwick Roads, Coast Guard runners will turn over the torch to Washington State Patrol. WSP will carry the torch southbound on Sidney Road to Spruce Road, then eastbound on Spruce to Bethel-Burley Road, then southbound to the Kitsap - Pierce County line.

3 p.m. - At the county line, WSP will pass the torch to runners from Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, who will carry the torch to Gig Harbor and pass to Gig Harbor Police Department, then over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and ultimately to Lakewood Police Department.


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