NSW Police “Freezin’ for a Reason” at Bondi Icebergs today

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione will address the media this afternoon before joining 56 fellow swimmers for the hair-raising plunge into Bondi Icebergs to help raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Each swimmer – including more than 50 senior NSW Police Officers – has been working hard to attract sponsors for their icy dip in recent weeks, with more than $69,000 raised for the charity, to date.IB_Openday_2014_04-05-14_0188

NSW Police have been active supporters of The Law Enforcement Torch Run since it was established in 2006.
The charity supports intellectually disabled people living in NSW via their participation in the Special Olympics, which gives people opportunities to achieve personal goals through sports training and competitions across Australia.

Learn more about the Law Enforcement Torch Run by visiting:

The community can also view the full list of participants, and show their support by sponsoring a swimmer, via:

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an initiative of Special Olympics Australia and the state police forces to develop and maintain fundraising activities to provide continuing financial support to Special Olympics to provide regular sporting opportunities for people with an intellectual disability. It also seeks to raise awareness throughout the police, law enforcement agencies and greater community about the nature of the Special Olympics movement and the work they do.TorchRun

The first Law Enforcement Torch Run took place in prior to the 2002 Special Olympics National Games, when in a prelude to the Opening Ceremony, police from Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales participated in a torch run from Hobart, Tasmania to Sydney, New South Wales. This was followed in 2006 when, police from New South Wales and Queensland took the flame from Sydney to the Gold Coast for the 8th Special Olympics Australia National Games.

Following this, the LETR committee was formed by a number of serving and retired police officers. The LETR continues to raise awareness and spread the word about Special Olympics throughout Australia.