Law enforcement officers from throughout Bossier and Caddo Parishes will kick off the 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Louisiana this week.

A special ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, May 13, on the Milam Street side of the Caddo Parish Courthouse. Two groups of law enforcement runners will be leaving from separate locations beginning at around 8 a.m.

Officers and deputies from Caddo Parish agencies will begin their run from Caddo Correctional Center. They'll head east on Hearne, south on North Market into downtown Shreveport, to Texas Avenue.

Bossier Parish law enforcement leave from the Bossier Civic Center, head west on POW-MIA Boulevard, north on Benton Road, and west on East Texas Street, across the Texas Street Bridge into downtown Shreveport. They'll meet up with the Caddo runners at the courthouse.

The ceremony features the reading of a joint proclamation from Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker and Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler. Afterward, runners continue the torch run from the courthouse east on Texas Avenue, south on Market Street and down Youree Drive to the Relay Station on Highway 1 South.

The torch run resumes from there Tuesday, May 17, at 8 a.m. Our local runners will meet up with others from different law enforcement agencies all along a route that ends at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, where the Special Olympics Louisiana Summer Games will be held May 20-23.