BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection will join law enforcement agencies from the U.S. and Canada for the 2016 Badges On The Border Torch Run on June 14. Runners will carry the Flame of Hope in support of Special Olympics athletes.
Nearly 100 law enforcement officers joined the international team run in 2015. At least 400 officers are expected to join the run at Rainbow Bridge this year. “We are extremely excited to be holding the Badges On The Border Torch Run again this year with our brothers and sisters from Canada.The race is meaningful for us because it shows the solidarity of law enforcement on both sides of the border for the Special Olympics,” said Deputy Patrol Agent In Charge Jeff Wilson of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Niagara Falls Station. Wilson is also serving as western New York regional torch run director for 2016.
The American side of the run begins at Goat Island, N.Y., and travels through Niagara Falls and ends when torch runners from the U.S. and Canada meet in the middle of the Rainbow Bridge.
The Badges On The Border Torch Run exemplifies the nature of the Special Olympics by breaking down barriers, dispelling stereotypes, and encouraging inclusion across physical and mental borders. CBP will be represented by officers and agents from the Office of Field Operations, U.S. Border Patrol, and Air and Marine Operations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.