The first UK Police Unity
Tour commenced at the National
Police Memorial on 19th July 2013 with
participants cycling 170 miles over 3 days arriving at
the National Memorial Arboretum to coincide with the COPS 10th Anniversary Memorial Service.
Planning is underway for a similar
event scheduled for the 18th - 20 July. We aim to have a representative from
every UK Force take part. If you're interested in taking part as an
individual or team then get in touch or register for our newsletter.
News & Updates
Police Unity Tour Handbook is now on-line and can be found
here. It contains a list of
our frequently asked questions including details of the 2014 event, fundraising, hotels, itinerary, registration,
rider requirments, safety and travel arrangements.
Introduction to the Police Unity Tour (UK)
The Police Unity Tour originally
started in 1997 with 18 cyclists making the journey from New Jersey to
Washington DC. It has grown significantly with 1700 riders taking part in
2013 raising 1.72 million dollars for the National Law Enforcement
Officers Memorial Fund. My aim is to emulate that success with a similar
event here in the UK.
Inspired by the massive
fundraising efforts by the Police Unity Tour in the United States
Superintendent Rob Atkin & Sergeant Gary Byfield (Metropolitan Police) took to organising the UK's
first Police Unity Tour in aid of Care of Police Survivors.
On 19th July 2013 after a safety
briefing and remembrance ceremony at the National Police Memorial in
London 25 dedicated fundraisers and support team set off making the
journey across six counties to the National Memorial Arboretum in
Following the success of this
years ride a committee has been formed to take the idea forward where it
is hoped that representatives from every UK Police Force will participate
to raise vital funds and awareness of the work of Care of Police Survivors
(UK). Work is already underway to plan the route for 2014 and as soon as
this is confirmed registration for the event will be opened. If you think
you could help please
National Police Memorial at the corner of The Mall and Horse Guards in
London is the starting point for the UK Police Unity Tour. Unveiled by HM
Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair on 22nd July 2004 the
memorial contains an inscribed roll of honour with the names of
approximately 1600 officers killed whilst on duty. Adjacent to the enclosure
containing the roll of honour is a glass column internally illuminated with
a faint blue light and sited in a small reflecting pool.
The 2014 Unity Tour
of Police Survivors have announced that their 2014 Memorial Service will once again
take place at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffs on 20th July 2014.
Therefore the second UK Police Unity Tour will leave London on 18th July
2013 and arrive to coincide with the Memorial Service. Why not join in and
participate either as an individual or team?
Phase one of our IT strategy has
been completed. We have registered a domain name, set-up email and a VOIP telephone number. Phase two is in progress and will see
increased information, an online store and additional interactivity. Most
links are presently disabled but will give an idea of the structure of the
site as it develops.