EAGLE PASS, TEXAS—On May 8, Customs and Border Protection officers from the Port of Eagle Pass, along with Border Patrol agents from the Eagle Pass North and South Stations participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics hosted by the Eagle Pass Independent School District.
The LETR originally began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to increase awareness of Special Olympics. He saw it as an opportunity for law enforcement to become involved with their community and to bring awareness to Special Olympics.
The LETR has very quickly grown and includes almost every law enforcement agency. This year for the first leg, the runners started at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry and ran five miles to the Eagle Pass ISD Student Activity Center on East Highway 277. There, they were greeted by Special Olympics participants who took a celebratory lap with the officers. The LRTR is one of many community outreach programs that the Outreach Program for the Eagle Pass Port of Entry participates in. This year, more than 40 personnel from various law enforcement agencies participated in the event.
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.