The Flame of Hope with Special Olympics athletes and members of the LETR at the Ireland Winter Games launch recently

Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is made up of members of  the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and An Garda Síochána in Ireland and supports Special Olympics by: 

  • Raising awareness of the Special Olympics movement across the island of Ireland and worldwide
  • Assists with fundraising
  • Serve as guardians for the Flame of Hope


In Ireland, the Torch Run first took place in 1989 when members of An Garda Síochána undertook the project. In 1996 the Torch Run made history when both the Garda Síochána and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (now known as the PSNI) took part in an all-island Torch Run. 

Since the committee's formation, joint PSNI/Garda Síochána Torch Runs have been held for Special Olympics Games at  World and Ireland level. Each Torch Run has been honoured to have Special Olympics athletes on the Torch Run team. 

 The LETR currently support many fundraising activities for Special Olympics most notably the Polar Plunges and Cops on Donuts.