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University police officer recognized by Special Olympics Indiana

October 19, 2015

An Indiana State University police officer has been named Law Enforcement Torch Run Officer of the Year by Special Olympics Indiana.

Sgt. Jacque Smith was recognized for her more than 15-year commitment to Special Olympics as a member of the Torch Run program, Tip a Cop and for her leadership in ensuring security for the annual Special Olympics Summer Games on the Indiana State campus. Smith was the key officer involved in the Terre Haute Polar Plunge in 2014, helping to raise a record $35,000, and was a torch carrier at the Law Enforcement torch Run National Conference that year.

Smith "has made a huge impact on Special Olympics Indiana for years," Anita Bean, executive director of ResCare/Normal Life of Indiana, wrote in nominating Smith and Tammy Hurst, assistant to the chief of police at Indiana State, for Spirit of Special Olympics Awards.

"It is impossible to pick between the two of these ladies," Bean wrote. "It is evident that (they) have each played a significant role in the support of Special Olympics and have exemplified the spirit of the organization," she said. "Because of their continued efforts, enthusiasm and commitment, they have reinforced the partnership of Special Olympics Indiana and Indiana State University - a partnership that is vital to the participation of all Special Olympic athletes in Indiana."

Hurst often served as the Terre Haute Polar Plunge Committee's communications officer Bean said, "basically keeping the members all inline and informed. Her enthusiasm has always been unmistakable."

Photo: Sgt. Jacque Smith of the Indiana State University Public Safety Department poses with Michael Furnish, president and chief executive office of Special Olympics Indiana, on Oct. 10, 2015 after being recognized as the organization's Law Enforcement Torch Run Officer of the Year.

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