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Benicia Police Department
Tuesday June 21st, 2011 :: 04:04 p.m. PDT


Benicia Police to Participate in Annual Special Olympics Torch Run

Each year, the Benicia Police Department proudly participates in the Special Olympic Law Enforcement Torch Run through the city. The department participates with other Solano County law enforcement agencies as the torch passes from Contra Costa County through Solano County via Benicia and on to Suisun. In addition, the Benicia Police Officer's Association donates $500 to the Special Olympics.

This year, participating Benicia Police Department employees will begin their torch run on Wednesday, June 22nd, between 7:30 am and 8:00 am at the entrance to the Benicia State Recreational Park. The employees team up to run or bicycle the torch from the State Park entrance to the Benicia Marina at the south end of East 2nd Street, a 3.5-mile route that takes the team east on Military West to First Street, south on First Street to East B Street, the east on B Street to the Marina. Community Services Officer Patti Baron coordinated the event on behalf of the department.

At the conclusion of the run, the team will meet up with Suisun Police Department and Solano County Sheriff Office representatives at the Marina in the Sheriff Office patrol boat. These representatives will transport the torch via boat to Suisun, who in turn will run with the torch and hand it off to representatives from the Fairfield Police Department. The torch run will continue through Fairfield, Vacaville, Dixon and end at U.C.Davis where the Special Olympic games will take place. Historically the Benicia Police Department has supported the efforts of the Special Olympics via this run.

For further information on the Special Olympics and this event, please contact Regional Coordinator Wendy Shipley at (925)944-0594.

"Those who participate in the Special Olympics deserve this recognition as they are truly special athletes," Benicia Police Chief Andrew Bidou said. " As law enforcement officers, we want to do our share within in the community to show how much we respect and admire these athletes. It's an honor for our department to combine with other law enforcement agencies to help carry the torch."

For further information on this press release, please contact either Lt. Mike Daley at (707)590-4259 or by email, or CSO Patti Baron at (707)746-4268 or by email at

Benicia Police Department
200 East L Street
Benicia, CA 94510

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Non-emergencies: 707-745-3411

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