APD Sponsors ‘Survive and Thrive’ 5K

The Anaheim Police Department joined other law enforcement agencies Saturday morning in sponsoring and supporting the “Survive & Thrive” 5K health and safety expo at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base.

Deputy Police Chief Craig Hunter joined more than 400 runners, walkers and victims rights advocates at the event, which benefits Crime Survivors, Inc. Programs.

Deputy Chief Craig Hunter gives invocation at 'Survive and Thrive' 5K

Deputy Chief Craig Hunter gives invocation at 'Survive and Thrive' 5K

“The Anaheim Police Department appreciates the efforts of Crime Survivors to enhance the public’s understanding of victim rights – and for the way it provides important resources and support for crime victims.”

The charity is perhaps best known for its Victim Emergency Bags, which are carried in patrol cars and distributed to victims’ children during times of crisis.

The 5K began about 9 a.m.

The 5K began about 9 a.m.

One way APD supports victims is through its Family Justice Center , where a variety of social service agencies work with the police department to support survivors of domestic violence, child and elder abuse and sexual assault. It’s the only center of its kind in Orange County.

About 8:30 a.m. Saturday, several survivors’ family members released doves into the gloomy sky to memorialize loved ones who died at hands of criminals.

For more about this worthwhile charity – and Saturday’s event, visit its Web site.

Marcella Leach releases a dove to honor the memory of her slain daughter, Marsy

Marcella Leach releases a dove to honor the memory of her slain daughter, Marsy

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