The Durham Police Department (DPD) is one of the many agencies who participate in raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC). Since athletes do not pay to participate in Special Olympics, SONC is dependent upon donors and the local community to support its athletes.
Durham County Special Olympic Games
Every year DPD assists Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) in hosting the Durham County Special Olympic Games. DPD SET and Motor Officers join athletes for a half- lap around the track during opening ceremonies, and officers and non-sworn employees hand out awards and interact with athletes during events.
Law Enforcement Torch Run
More than 97,000 law enforcement members carry the “Flame of Hope,” symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe. Every May, DPD contributes by carrying the Flame of Hope from Chapel Hill to Raleigh. 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics.
DPD coordinates several fundraising efforts for SONC throughout the year, including Cops-on-Top and Special Olympic t-shirt sales. Learn more about Special Olympics North Carolina http://sonc.net/