Law enforcement hits the pavement for Special Olympics

Members of APD, DCP, DCSO and MCLB Albany run down Pine Avenue on Tuesday for the Law Enforcement Torch Relay. / Mary Green

Drivers’ morning commutes through Albany might’ve been slowed down by flashing blue lights Tuesday, but it was all for a good cause.

Members of the Albany Police Department, Dougherty County Police, Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office and MCLB Albany trotted more than three miles together for the Special Olympics of Georgia Torch Run.

First Lieutenant Delaney Bourlakov of MCLB Albany led the charge as the group’s torch bearer as they took off from the Albany-Dougherty Judicial Building on Pine Avenue, up to Slappey Boulevard and down Dawson Road before crossing the finish line at Dawson Road Church of Christ.

“We’re all a team. It’s really a big team effort,” Bourlakov said of working with local law enforcement. “We might be on more of, in this case, an international basis, whereas police are more local. But it’s still the same mission, mindset that we’re looking out for people. We’re taking care of each other. We have each other’s backs.”

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