The Montclair Police Department Brings the Heat to the Annual Torch Run

The Montclair Police Department participated in the 35th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, fueling the mission of the Special Olympics of New Jersey.

Montclair Chief of Police Todd Conforti Leads the Pack // Photo By Scott Kennedy
Montclair Chief of Police Todd Conforti Leads the Pack // Photo By Scott Kennedy

The annual Torch Run consists of around 3,000 officers pounding the pavement within their communities. There are 26 different routes where law enforcement officials carry the “Flame of Hope,” which all converge at the Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games where the cauldron will be lit, signifying the Opening Ceremony.

The local leg of the run began bright and early this morning at 8:30, at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange. The Montclair Police Department brought their A-game, seen sprinting down Bloomfield Avenue along with their colleagues from surrounding towns such as Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, West Orange, and Verona.

The Montclair department has been participating in the relay for over twenty years, and they are proud supporters of the Special Olympics and their outstanding efforts. All of the money raised through this event as well as other Special Olympics fundraisers goes toward sending athletes to the Special Olympics games, as well as funds equipment and athletic training.

The Montclair Dispatch commends the Montclair Police Department for their dedication to the Torch Run and encourages our readers to support the amazing work of the Special Olympics of New Jersey.


The author of the article is a Montclair native class of 2017, currently a student at McGill University, studying history and communications within the Faculty of Arts.

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