Photos, videos: LEOs participate in Police Unity Tour to honor fallen officers

The four-day bicycle ride from New Jersey to Washington, D.C. raises awareness – and funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund – for those who died in the line of duty


Every year, National Police Week pays tribute to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. From October 13-17, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) will be holding a variety of events to honor the fallen, including a candlelight vigil and wreath laying ceremony. Other special activities include NLEOMF's "Run for the Badge" 5K and a family day at the National Law Enforcement Museum. A virtual version of National Police Week ran in May due to pandemic-related restrictions.

Another well-known and popular event during National Police Week is the Police Unity Tour, a four-day, 300-mile bicycle ride from New Jersey to Washington, D.C. The idea came from Florham Park, N.J., Officer Patrick Montuore, who wanted to ensure fallen officers' sacrifices were never forgotten. This year's ride was also scheduled to take place in May but was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

The group, whose motto is "We ride for those who died," raised $18,000 with only 18 members in 1997 during their first official ride. Since then, the group has come a long way. Last year, they raised over $2 million with 2,600 members. Riders fundraise and train for the physical challenge throughout the year. All funds are donated to the NLEOMF. Since its inception, the Police Unity Tour has donated more than $30 million.

The ride ends at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, where riders give bracelets worn on their wrists throughout their ride to the families of fallen officers. Below is a selection of photos and videos from law enforcement agencies around the U.S. as they make their journey to Washington, D.C. to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Do you have photos or videos from the ride? Whether you are a participant or bystander, email us at editor@police1.com and we will add them to our roundup.

 

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