In May 1997, the Police Unity Tour® was organized, by Officer Patrick P. Montuore of the Florham Park (NJ) Police Department, in an effort to bring about public awareness of law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. The tour started with 18 riders on a bicycle ride from Florham Park to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (NLEOM) in Washington D.C. which raised $18,000. In 2011 we had over 1,200 members nationwide that made the trip and we are proud to announce that we were able to donate over 1.5 Million dollars to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, bringing our total donations to nearly 10 Million dollars.
In late 2005, the Police Unity Tour® pledged $5 million in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum. Inspired by our commitment and our motto, "We Ride for Those Who Died", the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has selected our organization to be the sponsor of the Museum's Hall of Remembrance.
Having completed the $5 million commitment to the museum in 2009 the Police Unity Tour dedicated the 2010 ride to the restoration of the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial. The $1.1 million restoration project includes the re-engraving, coating, and sealing of the 18,983 names on the memorial as well as the cleaning of the walls and other memorial improvements. Chapter VIII
Chapter VIII is based in Florida but we welcome members from all other states. We are proud to have riders and support personnel from Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Arizona, Georgia, Alabama and the United Kingdom (just to name a few).
Chapter VIII's inaugural ride was in 2004 when 12 riders and multiple support personnel joined with Virginia's Chapter IV. This year we rode over 240 miles from Portsmouth, Virginia to the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in Washington, D.C. to deliver our raised funds. Our route took us through some of the most beautiful and memorable places in Virginia. We then made our way to RFK Stadium where we joined up with all of our sister chapters and rode to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial together in UNITY!
We are proud to be part of the Police Unity Tour® and humbled by the opportunity to "Ride for Those Who Died!"