Today starts a very special weekend for law enforcement officers everywhere. Today starts a bike ride called the Police Unity Tour and it's raised millions of dollars sine it began in 1997. The Police Unity Tour is a 3 day bike ride down to Washington D.C. to raise awareness and funds for officers killed in the line of duty. The other purpose of the Unity Tour is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. These brave men and women not only put their lives on the line for their communities every day, but select ones are biking over 200 miles down to our nation's capitol.

 

 

The race kicked off this morning and officers gathered together to get their official start.

Credit: Tiffany from Chris & the Crew
Credit: Tiffany from Chris & the Crew

Officers will usually bike about 50 miles the first day, 100 miles the second day and another 100 miles on the third day to get them to Washington D.C.

The police officers from North Brunswick Police took a break to fuel up before their next ride.
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I've heard from officers who have participated that it is very emotional once they see the capitol.

Officers ride over 200 miles on their bikes to Washington D.C. where a ceremony then takes place to congratulate all participants.
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Officers ride over 200 miles on their bikes to Washington D.C. where a ceremony then takes place to congratulate all participants.
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The end of the tour is marked with a candlelight vigil in honor of those who died in the line of duty. Thousands of police officers and their families attend and pay tribute to their fallen brothers and sisters.

Thousands of police officers and their families attend a candlelight vigil in honor of those who died in the line of duty.
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Many departments in our area are participating including Princeton Police Department. It's an amazing and challenging journey that all participants should be proud of doing!