Hundreds of Officers, CCSO Employees, Military, Students, Teachers, and Families Expected to Participate in Event with Special Athletes

Help fuel the Flame of Hope: Join the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Maryland on June 9 at 9 a.m. in La Plata. Hundreds of runners and walkers from the CCSO and the community are expected to join and run with dozens of special athletes and their families. U.S. Marines from the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indian Head will lead the runners behind this year’s torch bearer and event emcee, Meteorologist Jacqui Jeras from ABC 7 / News Channel 8.

Charles County’s Torch Run is one of multiple Torch Runs in Maryland, all of which converge at Towson University in Towson, MD, on Friday, June 10 to light the cauldron at the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games Opening Ceremony.

Two routes – a 3.5 mile route for runners and a 3 mile route for walkers – will depart Texas Roadhouse in La Plata and return there for lunch and other refreshments being provided by the restaurant’s staff and other local businesses, including Chick-fil-A, T&J Barbeque, Bobby Rucci’s Famous Italian Deli, and McDonald’s.

Registration is not required, but participants must purchase a Torch Run T-shirt or hat and arrive at Texas Roadhouse by 8:45 a.m. to participate in a group photo. The various routes make the Torch Run suitable for all participation levels, from experienced runners to leisurely walkers with children and strollers.

Torch Run ultra-light cotton T-shirts are $15 and available in sizes from small to 5XL. Hats are $10. Contact Sgt. Proctor at 240-299-5207 or to purchase your T-shirt or hat. If you would like to make a monetary donation instead, you may mail your donation to the attention of Sergeant Proctor at the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, P.O. Box 189, La Plata, MD 20646. Checks should be made payable to Special Olympics Maryland. If you are a local business and would like to donate your services, please contact Sergeant Proctor directly. For more information about Special Olympics Maryland, visit

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 and has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit      

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