The History of the Police Unity Tour
The primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty.
The secondary purpose of the UK tour is to raise funds for Care of Police Survivors, a U.K charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives on duty.
We are proud to be part of the Police Unity Tour and humbled by the opportunity to “Ride for Those Who Died!”
Since its inception in 1997, the tour has grown from humble beginnings into a major international event. Find out more about the background and ethos of the tour below…
The Police Unity Tour launches in the United States
Organised by Officer Patrick P. Montuore of the Florham Park Police Department. The tour started with 18 riders on a bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. which raised $18,000.
1998 - 2012
The Police Unity Tour grows significantly in the United States from 18 riders to in excess of 1700 riders annually
Significant achievement during the expansion include:
– pledging 5 Million dollars in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum,
– raising 1.72 million dollars for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and
– funding the 1.1 million dollar restoration of the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
The Police Unity Tour comes to the UK
Inspired by the massive fundraising efforts by the Police Unity Tour in the United States, two Metropolitan Police Officers – Rob Atkin MBE & Gary Byfield MBE – organised the UK’s first Police Unity Tour. The tour was dedicated to raising funds for Care of Police Survivors, a U.K charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives on duty.
The inaugural UK Police Unity Tour
25 riders and a support team set off from the National Police Memorial in London and make the journey for the first time across six counties to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire raising a total of £10,000 for Care of Police Survivors (UK). Following the success of the inaugural ride a committee was formed to take the concept and growth of the UK Police Unity Tour forward.
The Growth of the UK Police Unity Tour
The tour, for the first time, included representatives from numerous Police Forces around the UK and raised in excess of £45,000 to aid the ongoing work of Care of Police Survivors (UK).
The creation of UK Police Unity Tour Chapters
Following in the footsteps of the U.S. Tour, chapters were formed to support the growth and demand for the UK Tour. In 2015, over 100 riders took part in 4 different regional chapters representing a number of UK police forces and presented a cheque to Care of Police Survivors (UK) for £75,000.
Growth of the UK Tour
Building on the success of the formation of chapters the previous year, in 2016 the UK Police Unity Tour hosted more than 160 riders across the UK raising in excess of £50,000.
A record year!
2017 delivered the biggest and best Police Unity Tour to date with the scale of the ride increasing to 9 chapters across the UK supported by more than 200 riders for the first time. In total, in advance of £131,000 was raised from the event which has since contributed to the critical work of the Care of Police Survivors charity to support families of fallen officers in 2017.
Another record year!
The 2018 tour had 332 riders from 14 different chapters from across the UK raising £200,000 for Care of Police Survivors.
Another year, another record broken!
2019 had 420 riders raising just over £200,000 for the Care of Police Survivors charity.
Plans are now under way, by Care of Police Survivors, to use the excess funds raised to purchase Unity House which will be a unique facility to provide respite housing for affected families to get away from their troubles.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK Police Unity Tour 2020 had to be cancelled.
However, a new ride took place, the ‘Virtual Police Unity Tour’ with over 200 cyclists taking part. An outstanding £75,000 was raised for COPS!
£1 Million Raised for COPS
2021 was our first physical ride in two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This was the 9th year of the UK Police Unity Tour and the £1 MILLION milestone was hit for the amount raised for COPS since the start of the tour.