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Laurel police officers joined Special Olympics athletes June 5 to carry the Special Olympics torch through Laurel, as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Athletes were joined by Laurel police at the American Legion building in College Park, and the torch was brought north up Baltimore Avenue into Laurel, then down Cherry Lane to Fourth Street, ending at the Laurel Police Station on Fifth Street, said Laurel spokesman Pete Piringer.

Piringer said the torch was passed on to Howard County law enforcement June 6.

The relays converged on Towson University on June 7 for the lighting of the cauldron during the 2013 Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games Opening Ceremonies.

The Torch Run is a year-round fundraising effort organized by law enforcement organizations across the world, according to the Special Olympics website.

Laurel police have held several fundraisers for Special Olympics, including the Polar Bear Plunge, Cops on Rooftops and Tip a Cop, Piringer said.