The Department of Juvenile Justice is proud of its partnership with the Special Olympics of Georgia for this year's Law Enforcement Torch Run. On May 20th, DJJ employee supporters and runners came together at Phillips Arena in Atlanta to participate in the final Law Enforcement Torch Run before the start of the 2014 Summer Games held at Emory University. The Phillips Arena to Emory University Torch Run culminated a month's worth of Torch Runs from across Georgia that included the Department of Juvenile Justice in every step. DJJ's Central Office was well represented as Latera Davis, John Smith, Sara Gardner, and Loronda Giddens all took the time to run for Special Olympics.
In addition, the Whitfield Community Services Office/HITS Team participated in a Northwest Georgia Torch Run on May 18th. DJJ representatives including JPM Marcia Pfister, PO II Albert Hill, PO I Jewel Jackson, JPPS III Amy Hall, JPPS II Amber Hayes, and NW Regional Administrator Renee McClanahan walked, ran, and rode the approximately nine miles from the Whitfield County line to the Gordon County line. Other highlights included Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood carrying the torch and a visit to the Valley Point Elementary School where students lined up in the parking lot to greet the Torch Run participants.
A video of the Whitfield CSO can be seen in the gallery of photos.