CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Borough Police Department joined in the efforts started by the Chatham Township Police four years ago when they joined the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for the first time on Friday. The run raises money for the New Jersey Special Olympics.
Because of the expanded police participation, the route of the run was increased to 6.5 miles and included Chatham Borough streets
"We were looking to do something involved with the community and we were unaware that Chatham Township had started this a few years ago," Chatham Borough Sergeant Daryle Kelly said. "Once we found out that borough kids wouldn't be able to participate unless Chatham Borough Police got involved, it was a no-brainer for us. I got PBA Local 226 to commit to it and here we are."
Because of the additional police support, the run included a route that passed by the ECLC and the cheering students at Washington Avenue School (see video below) during the borough portion of the run.
Chatham High students and faculty made up the majority of the runners, with police officers handing off the torch along the way.
Chatham Borough Police Captain Brian Gibbons carries the torch at the start of the Law Enforcement Torch Run on Friday
Washington Avenue students came out to cheer the runners as they passed by the school