Communications Officer Cathy Hart accepted the departments award at the March 19 Disability Awareness Festival.
Photographer: Samantha Owens
Mar 25, 2013
By Briagenn Adams
The Ohio University Police Department was recognized at the Disability Awareness Festival on Tuesday, March 19, at Beacon School for its support of people with development disabilities.
The annual festival is sponsored by the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities and various other organizations. OUPD was selected for recognition this year for its support of the Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and the Polar Bear Plunge.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1995 with the goal of raising money and awareness for Special Olympics. The Torch Run begins in six different cities around the state of Ohio, and ends in Columbus with the torch lighting at the opening ceremonies for the Ohio Special Olympics Summer Games.
The OUPD also co-sponsors the Ohio University Polar Bear Plunge with the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. The Polar Bear Plunge is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics and requires participants to jump into a lake in February.
Communications Officer Cathy Hart, who accepted the award, said that it is very special to the OUPD.
“I think we do a lot of important things in law enforcement, but none is more important than assuring that members of the community with developmental disabilities are treated with dignity and respect,” Hart said. “We have a lot of people in our department who give their time, energy and money to ensure that the events we sponsor help do just that.”