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We Ride for those who died - Police Unity Tour 2023

For the past 11 years the Police Unity Tour has brought hundreds of officers from all forces together to pay respects to their fallen colleagues.

7 August 2023

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For officers around the country, the last weekend in July is one of the first booked as leave each year.

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The event is a cycling tour with  each regional chapter cycling at  least 200 miles to the National  Memorial Arboretum, raising  money for Care of Police   Survivors (COPS) , a charity that  supports the families of fallen officers.

The tour concludes with a service of remembrance attended by survivors, police officers and the wider police family. The weekend is an emotionally charged tribute to fallen officers that unites police forces across the country and this year was no exception.  

Forces around the country are divided into chapters, there are 12 chapters across the UK. Each chapter takes a different route to the Memorial Arboretum and most take three days in total.

There are some chapters however that cover considerable distances and start earlier in the week. Saturday afternoon is where the chapters first convene, and they do so at the Tamworth Snowdome.

Once all together the 400-strong procession of cyclists make their way to Drayton Manor theme park where bereaved families of fallen officers are treated to an exclusive day at the park.

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Upon the arrival of the tour at Drayton Manor, a ceremony is held before the chapters separate again for the evening. The final day of the tour is marked with a memorial service at the National Police Memorial in the National Memorial Arboretum.

This year more than 300 bereaved family members attended the service with more than 1,200 people attending in total to pay their respects.

Police motorcycle club the Blue Knights kicked off proceedings with a procession of more than 200 motorcycles. They were followed by around 400 police officers who had cycled the length and breadth of the country to raise money for COPS.

Each rider and support team member wore a bracelet with the name of a fallen officer from their chapter engraved - each year these are given to the families to show their officers are never forgotten.

The event, now in its 11th year, has raised more than £1.2 million for the charity. The tour saw new riders this year including survivors, who were keen to join the tour and raise money for COPS who supported them through their personal tragedy.

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During the service the Roll of Honour paid tribute to the officers who died on duty during the past 12 months. We heard stories from; Caroline Cox – sister of Inspector Mark Estall who died suddenly at the Essex Police operational policing command base in Chelmsford on January 5, 2017, and Katy McMurray – daughter of Police Constable Alan McMurray who died on February 4, 2006, after being struck by a vehicle at the scene of an RTC.

The service was closed by police whistles followed by a flyover by a National Police Air Service helicopter dipping its nose above the families to salute and honour the fallen officers.

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COPS Chief Executive Tim Buckley said: “This annual event for the families of officers that die on duty is an extraordinary affirmation of the power of people to rebuild their shattered lives. This year marked our 20th anniversary, and we brought more survivors together than ever to remember and celebrate their fallen officers.

“Seeing the bonds of peer support and life-long friendships forged through the pain of such a terrible loss is the whole reason COPS exists, and it is a privilege and honour to be part of the charity and this experience.”

Christine Fulton MBE, survivor, co-founder and life vice president, said: “ When we started Care of Police Survivors, we never imagined it would be a big charity. We thought it would just be the recently bereaved wanting to be involved. And it took us quite by surprise how families would contact us for officers' deaths from such a long time ago.”

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Following the service, colleagues, friends and families walked together down ‘The Beat’ a promenade lined with trees dedicated to fallen officers from every UK police force. It is usually here where those who held it together during the service can no longer hold in their emotions and the reality and grieving of those who have lost officers comes to the surface.

The dates for next year’s tour are already confirmed as the 26-28 July.

Details of how to sign up can be found here .

Such is its growing success; the demand for places and wish to support the tour has become overwhelming and so the UK tour has now formed a number of chapters in line with the American tour.

We ride for those who died. We will never forget them.

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UK Police Unity Tour (Scotland) 2022

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Between Thursday 18 th August 2022 and Sunday 21 st August 2022 members of the Scottish Chapter will be cycling from Gretna to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire as part of the UK Police Unity Tour.   On arrival in Staffordshire we will meet up with cyclists from Police Forces across the UK   and cycle the final few miles as a group to the Care Of Police Survivors weekend.

The Scottish Chapter will be covering 230 miles, raising money for COPS (Care of Police Survivors) who help the families of Police Officers killed in the line of duty, to rebuild their lives.   Each rider will be issued with a blue memorial bracelet inscribed with the name and information of a Scottish Police Officer who has died in the line of duty, which will be worn to the finish line and then presented to a family survivor.

Whilst realising the dangers of policing, nobody ever expects to die in the line of duty.   When such a tragedy does occur, the surviving family endures emotions including denial, bewilderment, anger and depression.   The police service does not have the resources to maintain support for these families beyond the immediate aftermath of the death. This is where 'Care of Police Survivors' comes in.

Care of Police Survivors (otherwise known as COPS) is a UK registered charity dedicated to helping families of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, to rebuild their lives. It aims to ensure that survivors have all the help they need to cope with such a tragedy and that they remain part of the police family.

COPS aims to build a network of survivors around the UK, developing the capability of having a local survivor as soon as required. The extent of help provided will be controlled by the new survivor; sometimes an understanding listener is needed. Sometimes more practical help is required, whatever the need, COPS will be able to put survivors in touch with those who truly understand.

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Welcome to Chapter I of the Police Unity Tour!

Special announcements, we are working from a waiting list for riders, support, and motors. if you would like an application to get added to the waitlist, contact us at [email protected] ., members – click on membership information in the blue menu of this website.  there are lots of important links that all members should make themselves familiar with., training rides will be posted under the training tab.  check them out and train.

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History of Chapter 1

In May 1997, the Police Unity Tour was organized by Officer Patrick P. Montuore of the Florham Park Police Department with the hope of bringing public awareness of Police Officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. What started with 18 riders on a four day fund-raising bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. has grown into nine chapters consisting of nearly 2500 members nationwide who make the trip annually.

As the original / founding chapter of the Police Unity Tour, Chapter I is still based in Florham Park, NJ where Pat Montuore retired as the Chief of Police. Although based in New Jersey, we welcome members from all other states as well as other countries. In addition to having members representing over 40 states we have had members from Australia, England, Israel, Italy, India and Canada.

Our most recent ride, in May 2022, we were proud to announce that the Police Unity Tour was able to donate 2 million dollars to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund bringing our total donations to over 33 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 Officers 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.

In 2011, the Police Unity Tour became the official sponsor of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s “Officer of the Month Program”. Officers of the Month are honored at a special awards dinner each May in Washington, DC during National Police Week, and they are featured in the Memorial Fund’s annual calendar.

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All donations are greatly appreciated! Please select a donate option below.

Welcome to UKPoliceUnityTour.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can be a police unity tour member.

UK PUT may choose to accept an immediate survivor of a police officer killed in the line of duty to participate as a rider if they meet all other criteria.  Support team members may be non-police personnel and are typically police staff, family or trusted friends.

No one who is under suspension (with or without pay), under criminal investigation or subject to any other disciplinary procedures may participate.

What are the dates of the Ride?

Care of Police Survivors have announced that their 2024 Memorial Service will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire on Sunday 28th July 2024.

Therefore the UK Police Unity Tour, now in its 12th year, will start on the Friday, 26th July 2024  and arrive to coincide with the memorial service on the Sunday.

How much does it cost to participate?

Each member, whether a participating rider or support staff, must pay £150  to register. This is a non-refundable deposit paid at the time of completing the online booking .

In addition, each rider commits to raise a minimum of £400 sponsorship for Care of Police Survivors.

Where does my registration fee go?

What equipment do i need to participate.

A BSI (Kite Mark) certified helmet which must be worn at all times whilst riding

Suitable gloves and glasses, if preferred

How far is the route?

How do i get home.

Arrangements will vary between Chapters. You may find updates and information on this from your chapter handbook.

Can my friends and family join me at the service?

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