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Return of annual pedal cycle for fallen colleagues


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This year is the fourth installment of the US inspired fundraiser.


Applications are open for the fifth annual Policy Unity Tour bike ride in memory of fallen officers.

The tour leaves the National Police Memorial in The Mall and makes the 180 mile journey to the National Arboretum in Staffordshire over a three day event.

There are also nine other rides which start out at various locations across the country.

Police officers of all ranks, police staff and family members of fallen officers all take part and each rider cycles in memory of a police officer killed in the line of duty.

The event was inspired by the Police Unity Tour in the United States which has been running since 1997 and runs from New Jersey to Washington DC.

Each rider is given an engraved bracelet depicting the officer they are riding for, which they then present to the family of the officer upon completion of the ride.

President of Police Unity UK Tour, Rob Atkin MBE, said: “This is a truly humbling experience and one that our colleague’s families truly appreciate.

“The memorial service at the National Arboretum is a truly moving event with all of the 43 UK Police Forces represented and offers a chance for our riders to show their respects and meet with the families to show that their loved one will never be forgotten.

“This is a great way to ride in memory of fallen officers and raise money for the charity UK COPS.  We would like this year to be our biggest ride ever and really show as a policing family our response to tragedies which involve officers losing their lives.”

This year’s event leaves various locations across the country on Friday July 28.

More information, including how to get involved, can be found here

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