Montana DOJ Investigator to Speak at Special Olympics USA National Games Opening Ceremonies

An investigator from the Montana Department of Justice (DOJ) has been selected to speak at the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics USA National Games in Seattle on Sunday.  The event will be televised live from Husky Stadium starting at 3:30 pm Eastern Time on ABC and ESPN.

Jason Johnson, Western District Supervisor/Investigator for DOJ’s Gambling Control Division, will also be a team leader for one of six teams of the Final Leg Team of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), which raises funds for and awareness about Special Olympics worldwide. Teams are comprised of officers and athletes from all over the country who will run the torch throughout the state of Washington leading up to the opening ceremonies.  Johnson was selected to speak in light of his many years of experience with LETR and previous leadership on multiple final legs, including those in Japan, Greece, and Korea.  He’ll be accompanied at the podium by John Sherbert from Special Olympics Nebraska.

A long-time supporter of the Montana LETR, Attorney General Tim Fox said, “I’m very proud Officer Jason Johnson is representing not only our agency, but Montana’s extended law enforcement family at the National Games.  As someone who has been involved in LETR and Special Olympics for nearly his entire law enforcement career, Officer Johnson understands how important it is to further the cause of the Special Olympics movement by championing love, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities.”

“Law enforcement is a very tough career that takes its toll, but the people I’ve met through Special Olympics have counter-balanced the negative things I’ve seen from the ‘bad guys’ in our society,” Officer Jason Johnson said.  “Special Olympics athletes and their families are some of the most inspiring people you could ever hope to know.  My involvement in the Law Enforcement Torch Run and in Special Olympics has made me a better officer, husband, and father,” Johnson added.

Last year, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), with its membership of 56 state and territory attorneys general, announced a partnership with Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The national partnership helps increase the number of law enforcement officials involved in LETR and related activities. Attorney General Fox, as NAAG President-Elect, was also appointed as NAAG representative to the Special Olympics and International LETR Executive Council.

Nearly 100,000 law enforcement officers from around the world participate in LETR and Special Olympics events every year.  For more information about the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for Special Olympics, click here.  For details regarding broadcast coverage of the opening ceremonies and events, click here.