The "flame of hope" zigzagged through the streets of San Francisco on Monday.
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr was the first of some 30 officers who carried the torch on its 12-mile journey through the city.
San Francisco cops raised more than $5,000 for the Special Olympics.
"It's just huge to be able to do this kind of things, especially for such a special occasion for these young people that put their heart and soul to this," said Suhr.
This is the first time since 2007 that the Special Olympics torch has passed through San Francisco. Last year, police departments in Northern California donated more than $1 million for the event.