Special Olympics New Jersey is grateful for the thousands of law enforcement personnel from all over New Jersey who support our mission through the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). While dedicated to increasing public awareness for our program, they are also committed to raising funds for our athletes so that we can offer our programs free of charge.

The level of commitment our law enforcement community has made to our athletes can never be measured, but the statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey has been recognized around the world for many years as one of the top grassroots fundraising organizations for Special Olympics. Through year-round fundraising events, the LETR has raised more than $3 million annually.

In addition to fundraising, the Law Enforcement officers volunteer at athlete competitions and events year-round, serving as our ambassadors in local communities.

Special Events

Our Law Enforcement Torch Run community is dedicated to fundraising all year long through local fundraising events in addition to special events such as the Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K, the United Plane Pull and the Adopt-a-Cop campaign. However, none are more well known than our Polar Bear Plunges and the Annual Torch Run.

Polar Bear Plunges

Polar Bear Plunge

Every year, thousands of people jump into the icy Atlantic Ocean in the middle of winter. Despite the cold, our Polar Bear Plunges continue to grow in popularity. Close to 8,000 participants raised more than $2 million in 2017.

Annual Torch Run

Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Annual Torch Run is the heart of the Law Enforcement Torch Run movement. Each year, thousands of officers take to the streets of their local communities on one of 26 separate routes to help carry the “Flame of Hope” to the Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games to light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony.

Law Enforcement Torch Run Leadership

The 48 dedicated members of the State Committee are what drive the continued reach and success of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey.

Chairmen


Chief Robert Belfiore, Torch Run Director
Port Authority Police Department, Retired

Capt. Robert T. MacFarlane, Deputy Torch Run Director
William Paterson University Police, Retired

Jason Schubert, Senior Director Law Enforcement Sponsorships
Special Olympics New Jersey

State Committee


PO Frank Aresta
Port Authority PD

Joe Bardi, Patrolman
William Paterson University PD

Sgt. Chip Bartkowski
Ewing PD

Mariann Baumbach
PO Port Authority PD, Retired

PO Brian Belfiore
Port Authority PD

Phillip Bellomo
Det. Lt. Paramus PD, Retired

S/Capt. Garth Brown
Ridgefield PD

Kevin Burke
Maj, NJ State Police, Retired

James Caulfield, Detective
Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

Lisa Cawley, Lt.
State of NJ Division of Criminal Justice

PO Christopher Cheesman
Lumberton Twp.

Harvey Cohen
Cpl. Howell PD, Retired

Bob Driscoll
Det. Lt. Port Authority PD, Retired

Gary Evangelista
Sgt. Camden PD, Retired

Mike Failace
Sgt. Lyndhurst PD, Retired

Robert Flanigan, Detective
Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

Carlos Goyenechea, Captain
Secaucus PD

PO Meg Hammond
Raritan Twp PD

Lou Hannon
Lt. Camden PD, Retired

Sgt. Beth Kraus, Lt.
NJ Dept. of Corrections

Kevin C. Lyons, Sr.
Det. Long Beach Twp PD, Retired

Frank Mackey
Det. Wayne PD, Retired

Chief Joe Madden – Park Ridge PD

Bruce Mathews
Chief Ranger 1 NJ St. Rangers, Retired

Lt. Pete Mauro
Park Ridge PD

Det. Larry Mays
Port Authority PD

Ms. Lauren Abramson McGuire

John McHugh
Wakefern/ShopRite Corporation

James McKeever
PO Port Authority PD, Retired

Larry McKevitt
PO Port Authority PD, Retired

Ken Miscia, Jr.
Capt. Montclair PD, Retired

Lt. Chris Neder
Middlesex Co. Sheriff’s Office

Michael Podolak
Det. Lt. Port Authority PD, Retired

Anthony Pulizzano, Patrolman
Upper Saddle River PD

PO Matthew Reeves
Camden PD

Joe Sarnoski
Capt. Lyndhurst PD, Retired

Capt. James Sepp
Bogota PD

Det. Todd Smith
Freehold Twp. PD

Trng. Offcr. Tracey Tift
Monmouth County Sheriff’s Offc.

CBPO Allan Tittermary
US Customs & Border Protection

Glenn Toepert
Capt. Saddle Brook PD, Retired

Vito Vacirca, Detective
Mercer County Sheriff’s Office

PO John Verney
Port Authority PD

Lt. Christopher Wagner
NJ State Police

Mr. Thomas Zapf
VP Government & Public Affairs

Bill Zika
Lt. Port Authority PD, Retired

Law Enforcement Torch Run Partners

The following generous partners have made a financial and focused commitment to events hosted by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey.

Contact Us

For information on how to get your local law enforcement community involved, contact us at letr@sonj.org.