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Hampton to Represent Kentucky in 2015 World Games Final Leg

Sgt. Lisa Hampton

Bellevue PD Sergeant Lisa Hampton

Sergeant Lisa Hampton says her favorite Law Enforcement Torch Run event each year is the opening ceremonies for Special Olympics Kentucky’s Summer Games and hearing the athletes welcome them. Then wait till she hears the roar of the 70-thousand plus who will be on hand when she enters Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum running the Final Leg for the 2015 World Games in July.

Hampton, a 14-year veteran of the Bellevue Police Department, is one of 125 officers who will be part of the 2015 World Games Final Leg in Los Angeles beginning July 11. The Games return to the United States for the first time in 16 years with 96 law enforcement agencies from 23 countries journeying through 135 cities in towns all across California on a 17-day schedule.

Hampton, a middle child from Vanceburg, Kentucky, said she didn’t even become interested in law enforcement until her junior year of college.

“I’ve wanted to be an attorney since I was five years old,” said Hampton. “I grew up watching Matlock and became obsessed with criminal law and the constitution in junior high school. Then, in college, the criminal justice classes I took opened my eyes to law enforcement. So, I worked full time and went to law school part time. Now, I’m both—an attorney and a police officer.”

In 2009, Hampton says she was asked to get involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Kentucky. She said she knew what Special Olympics was all about so she thought she’d give it a try.

“My first experience of actually working with athletes,” said Hampton, “was at a ski event. It was even better than I could’ve imagined. I love interacting with them—listening to their stories whether it’s about how they’ve been training or just how excited they are to be there.”

While Hampton says her law degree has helped her tremendously as a police officer, she’s also become the “go to” person in her department when new legislation is passed and when new precedent is set by the courts. She has also become one of the “go to” people for SOKY’s Kentucky-Ohio Polar Plunge held each year in Bellevue. All of this, according to Hampton, takes a back seat to what she receives from the athletes.

“It amazes me to see how much our athletes genuinely love law enforcement,” said Hampton. “I’m really excited about being chosen to go to LA. I’m looking forward to meeting more athletes and can’t even imagine running into the LA stadium with that many people cheering us on. What’s even more amazing is this entire event is for the athletes but, somehow, they manage to make us, law enforcement, stars of the opening ceremonies.”

Hampton will be running with a 10-member team, including an athlete from New Zealand. Her team mates are from Alaska, Georgia, Iowa, Missouri, New South Wales, New York, Ontario and St. Kitts and Nevis. There are 10 teams running three routes each day with ceremonies and stop overs in various cities.

“I’m so honored to be chosen to represent Kentucky,” said Hampton. “ I’ve been blessed in my life and I believe in paying it forward and giving back. These athletes truly admire law enforcement and it means the world to them to see all the officers at the games. I’m doing this to show the athletes that they matter to me and that I’m proud of them for striving to meet their dreams.”

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