Police Unity Tour 2014 Ride for fallen officers - Latest from New Scotland Yard at 18:43 on 10/07/2014
- I assume this is a bike ride, and one which I would certainly support.
From: MPS Press Bureau
Sent: 10 July 2014 18:48
Subject: Police Unity Tour 2014 Ride for fallen officers - Latest from New
Scotland Yard at 18:43 on 10/07/2014
With just over one week to go officers of all ranks from across the country
are gearing up for the police unity ride in memory of those police officers
who have died in the line of duty.
Riders from 17 police forces across the UK will be setting off at 07:15hrs
on Friday 18 July from outside New Scotland Yard, Broadway, London SW1 after
a short memorial service where floral tributes will be laid at the National
Police memorial on the Mall. They will be joined by family members of the
dead officers, some law enforcement officials from the USA as well as
valuable crew members, in all a total of 100 people.
First stop on the 190 mile route will be Luton town centre where riders will
pay their respects to PC John Henry who was murdered there whilst on duty.
They will then continue on to Milton Keynes where they will stop overnight.
Having rested the riders set off on the Saturday, on leg 2 of the journey,
which takes them along the A5 to Hinkley. Here they will meet family members
of fallen officers from across the UK and then ride on to the next overnight
stop at Tamworth.
Day three, the final day of the tour ends with a commemoration service
attended by Chief Officers from across the UK at the beat, a memorial made
up of trees, one for each police force, at the National Arboretum in
Each rider will be wearing a bracelet engraved with the name of the fallen
officer they are riding for. The bracelet includes the force the officer
served in and their last day of duty. At this ceremony riders get the
opportunity to meet the families of the officers they have ridden in memory
Since January 2013 some 14 police officers have died in the line of duty in
The Police Unity Tour, in it's second year, has already raised in excess of
?25,000 for the charity UK Care Of Police Survivors (UKCOPS), where all the
funds from this ride will be donated.
UKCOPS supports those families that are left behind.
Police Officers killed in the line duty date back to when policing started,
many were lost in both world wars protecting communities.
This year will see the 20th anniversary of the death of Sgt Derek Robertson
who was killed responding to reports of a robbery at a sub post office in
New Addington, Croydon. He was stabbed to death.
There are numerous other stories of officers paying the ultimate sacrifice
in the protection of others. Our motto 'we ride for those that died'
remembers that sacrifice.
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