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Saddle River NJ Police
Thursday June 8th, 2017 :: 04:49 p.m. EDT
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Traffic Alert - S.R. & Northern Bergen County - Friday June 9th - Morning Rush - Special Olympics Torch Run - Expect Delays

Our Officers will once again participate in this year's Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on Friday, June 9th, 2017. West Saddle River Road and East Allendale Road are part of our route.

Why We Run...

In 1982, the late Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Officer Steven Vitale was asked to take photos at a local Special Olympics competition in New Jersey. He was so moved by the determination exhibited by the athletes that he asked other police officers to volunteer at the Summer Games. In 1984, the first New Jersey Torch Run was conceived to raise funds and public awareness for the Special Olympics New Jersey program. The course ran from Liberty State Park in Jersey City to Rutgers Stadium in New Brunswick through eight towns, covering 43 miles and raising $7,000. In each succeeding year, the dollar amount became greater and the number of volunteers increased substantially.

Driven by the willingness of the New Jersey Law Enforcement officers to do more, the Law Enforcement Torch Run began to expand over the years. New fundraising events and initiatives were created and held throughout the Garden State to promote the Special Olympics movement. With over $3 million raised annually by more than 3,000 officers through local and statewide events, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey has been recognized in the world for many years as one of the top grassroots fundraising organizations for Special Olympics. Fundraising events that are conducted year-round in New Jersey include an Adopt-a-Cop campaign for the annual Torch Run, three Polar Bear Plunges, the Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K, the United Airlines Plane Pull and golf outings just to name a few. In addition to fundraising, Law Enforcement officers volunteer at athlete competitions and events year-round, while serving as ambassadors in local communities.

Address/Location
Saddle River NJ Police
83 E Allendale Rd
Saddle River, NJ 07458

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 201-327-5300

Capt. Jason Cosgriff
Saddle River Police Dept.
jcosgriff@saddleriverpd.com
201-327-5300

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