In 1997, Florham Park (NJ) Police Officer Patrick Montuore had a simple idea: organize a four-day bicycle ride from New Jersey to Washington, DC to raise public awareness about law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, and to ensure that their sacrifice is never forgotten. With that, the Police Unity Tour was formed.
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 9 chapters consisting of nearly 2,600 members nationwide who make the trip annually. Participants include riders, motorcycles, and support personnel.
The journey is long and challending but for the Police Unity Tour participants it is what they prepare for throughout the year. Through fundraising and physical training, they know that their efforts raise awareness of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many law enforcement officers.
The last leg of the jouney ends at the Memorial, where the participants are greeted by friends, family, and survirors. Once there, many Police Unity Tour members present remembrance braclets worn on their wrists throughout the journey to the families of the fallen.
May 2019, the Police Unity Tour was proud to donate more than $2.8 million to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, bringing their total donations to more than $28 million since their inception.
The Police Unity Tour is the sponsor of the National Law Enforcement Museum's Hall of Remembrance, the Memorial Fund's Officer of the Month Award, and Recently Fallen Alert programs.
Police Unity Tour Through the Years
Raised $2,810,000 with 2,600 members
Raised $2,800,000 with 2,600 members
Raised $2,600,000 with 2,500 members
Raised $2,500,000 with 2,200 members
Raised $1,997,000 with 1,900 members
Raised $1,910,000 with 1,800 members
Raised $1,720,000 with 1,700 members
Raised $1,650,000 with 1,600 members
Raised $1,625,000 with 1,400 members
Raised $1,326,338 with 1,300 members
Raised $1,325,300 with 1,300 members
Raised $1,294,087 with 1,140 members
Raised $1,151,362 with 1,015 members
Raised $1,000,928 with 978 members
Raised $750,474 with 730 members
Raised $600,025 with 585 members
Raised $350,000 with 325 members
Raised $284,000 with 225 members
Raised $100,492 with 100 members
Raised $62,000 with 50 members
Raised $53,967 with 50 members
Raised $50,000 with 37 members
Raised $18,000 with 18 members