Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Police, La. Department of Probation and Parole-Natchitoches District, NSU Police, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office and Shreveport Police took part in the annual La. Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on May 21-22.

Natchitoches Law Enforcement Agencies met Caddo authorities on May 21 at the Natchitoches-Red River Parish line. The run continued south on La. Hwy 1 into the City Limits of Natchitoches then onto Northwestern State University. NPSO Deputies held a fish fry at the NSU Pavilion for participating agencies.

The run left the NSU Campus on May 22 on its way to Rapides Parish. It traveled along Hwy. 1 through the communities of Natchez, Cypress, Montrose, Derry, Cloutierville, Chopin, Monette Ferry, Marco and then into Rapides Parish where the torch was turned over to the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, Alexandria Police Department, Louisiana State Police and other law enforcement agencies.

Each year the torch relay involves more than 1,500 law enforcement officers and personnel representing more than 200 law enforcement agencies across the State of Louisiana.

The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement. Each year, the LETR initiative grows larger and better.