IDOC teams up with Special Olympics Idaho

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BOISE, Aug. 24, 2015 — The Idaho Department of Correction is joining the “Law Enforcement Torch Run” (LETR) movement that supports Special Olympics Idaho. As an official partner of Special Olympics Idaho, IDOC will help raise awareness, resources and funds for the athletes who participate in training and competition in Idaho.

“We are honored, humbled and excited to team up with Special Olympics of Idaho,” says IDOC Director Kevin H.  Kempf.  “In the near future we will be asking both uniform and non-uniform staff to volunteer and help with events like Tip-a-Cop, LETR Torch Run, and the various other activities that benefit these amazing athletes."

Special Olympics Idaho is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through sports training and competition and other initiatives.  Currently, the organization serves close to 3,000 athletes throughout Idaho.  

“Special Olympics Idaho is very excited to partner with the IDOC through the LETR movement,” says Laurie La Follette, CEO Special Olympics Idaho. “LETR transforms communities by inspiring people to open their minds, to accept and include people with intellectual disabilities, celebrating differences among all people--recognizing and respecting the similarities we all share. For athletes and officers alike, LETR for Special Olympics is a story of success, love, respect and commitment between law enforcement officers, the community and the Special Olympics athlete.” 

The Idaho Department of Correction operates nine prisons, four community re-entry centers and seven probation and parole districts. The department has an annual budget of $220 million and employs nearly 2,000 corrections professionals. They are responsible for the incarceration and community supervision of 22,000 felony offenders.

Story published: 08/24/2015
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