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South Bay Special Olympics


Special Olympics Tip a Cop

The Special Olympics Tip-A-Cop program is an activity to benefit children and adults with mild to severe mental retardation. On this night, officers trade their handcuffs and other tools of the trade for menus and serving trays. Police officers partner with regular servers addressing customer requests such as beverage refills and serving their meals, working hard to EARN donations for a good cause. Customers offer an additional tip beyond the regular server's tip as a donation to South Bay Special Olympics. ALL, that's 100%, of tips/donations received by the Police Officers goes directly to the South Bay Special Olympics program, which is provided by the Community Services Department under the direction of Phil Duthie. ALL donations received go directly to the athletes to help pay for training, uniforms, transportation, and competition fees. Nothing goes to administrative fees.To find out more about Tip-A-Cop, visit the Special Olympics website by clicking here

Click the videos below to learn more about the Torrance PD Tip-A-Cop program.

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Special Olympics Torch Run


To find out more about the Special Olympics Torch Run, click here


Holiday Toy Drive

The purpose of the Torrance Police and Fire Holiday Toy Drive is to assist those CITY OF TORRANCE families in need with donations of toys and gifts during the Holidays.

The Community Affairs Division along with the TFD Public Education Officer are responsible for coordinating the collection, storage and distribution of all toys and gifts collected during the Holiday Toy Drive.  Community Affairs will work with TFD Administrative Secretary to compile and coordinate the list of donation recipients.

Community Affairs will coordinate the distribution of gifts to recipients' homes with TPD officers and TFD firefighters. CLICK HERE for the current flyer.


American Cancer Society Relay for Life



To find out more about the Relay for Life, click here


Pediatric Therapy Network

The Torrance Police Department has been proudly associated with the Pediatric Therapy Network for a number of years in an effort to build community partnerships.  By attending events such at PTN's Camp Escapades, our officers are exposed and learn more about the wonderful children at PTN as well as interacting with the outstanding staff of PTN.  As the children become more familiar with seeing officers around, they become more comfortable around the officers and strengthen their understanding that police officers are here to help.  In exchange, our officers learn more about the great community of Torrance.  PTN has also been instrumental in assisting us in developing a number of different Community Outreach programs such as our Return Home Registry.  

Located in Torrance, the Pediatric Therapy Network treats nearly 1200 special needs and developmentally delayed children each month.  To learn more about the Pediatric Therapy Network and/or to donate to PTN, you can visit their website at  

Click on the video below to view a CitiCable3 story on PTN. 

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