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 is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial and Museum.
Police Unity Tour - Our History
In May 1997 the Police Unity Tour was organized by Officer Patrick Montuore of the Florham Park, NJ Police Department, with the hope of bringing public awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. We started in 1997 with 18 riders on a four-day fund-raising bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. which raised $18,000.00.
This past May (2023) we had over 2200 members nationwide who made the trip, and we are proud to announce that we were able to donate 2.0 Million Dollars to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund bringing our total donations to more than $ 35 Million Dollars over their history.
CHAPTER IX - OUR HISTORY
The founding members of Chapter IX are comprised of officers and civilians from Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, who formed a contingency group and rode with Chapter 1. Since 2005, when the first officer from Delaware Rode with Chapter 1, the group has grown steadily in numbers. In 2011 the group was joined by a large contingency from Howard County Police Department in Maryland, bringing the group's total members to 51.
Chapter 9's formation is the product of many factors, the most important being how rapidly the PUT Organization was growing in 2011. Every year officers had to be declined participation due to limited slots. Realizing that the Tour could not continue to grow without the formation of a new route, our group decided to "step up to the plate" and take on the task of forming and managing another route.
For more in depth info please see the Membership Info & FAQ page, Member Obligation Page, and Member Packet.