NWLA law enforcement kick off 2016 Torch Run for Special Olympics

Lt. Bill Davis with the Bossier Sheriff's Office explains the 2016 Torch Run

LOUISIANA (KSLA) - Northwest Louisiana law enforcement officers will take to the streets of Bossier and Caddo parishes Friday to kick off the 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Louisiana.

A ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on the Milam Street side of the Caddo Parish Courthouse.

The annual run raises money for Special Olympics Louisiana and promotes this year's Summer Games that will take place at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana on May 20-23, 2016.

The law enforcement runners will carry the State Special Olympics torch from Northwest Louisiana and will pass it off to runners from other law enforcement agencies all along the route as it makes its way to its final destination in Hammond in time for the start of the state games.

Before Friday ceremony begins at the Caddo Parish Courthouse, two groups of law enforcement runners will arrive at the courthouse from separate locations.

Officers and deputies from agencies in Caddo Parish will begin their run from the Caddo Correctional Center at approximately 8 a.m. They'll travel east on Hearne Ave., south on North Market Street into downtown Shreveport to Texas Avenue.

Bossier Parish law enforcement runners will begin their run at approximately 8 a.m. from the Bossier Civic Center. Their route will take them west on POW-MIA Boulevard, north on Benton Road and west on East Texas Street across the Texas Street Bridge into downtown Shreveport to South Market Street where they will meet up with the Caddo runners.

Both groups will then proceed down Texas Ave. to the courthouse where they will be joined by a number of Special Olympians and local dignitaries for the 9 a.m. ceremony.

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