In May 1997, the Police Unity Tour® was organized, by Officer Patrick P. Montuore of the Florham Park Police Department, in an effort to bring about public awareness of law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. The tour started with 18 riders on a bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. which raised $18,000. This May we were proud to announce that the Police Unity Tour was able to donate 2.5 million dollars to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund bringing our total donations to over 20 million dollars.
In late 2005, the Police Unity Tour® pledged $5 million in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum. Inspired by our commitment and our motto, "We Ride for Those Who Died", the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has selected our organization to be the sponsor of the Museum's Hall of Remembrance.
Having completed the $5 million commitment to the museum in 2009 the Police Unity Tour dedicated the 2010 ride to the restoration of the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial. The $1.1 million restoration project includes the re-engraving, coating, and sealing of the 18,983 names on the memorial as well as the cleaning of the walls and other memorial improvements.
In 2011 the Police Unity Tour became the official sponsor of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s “Officer of the Month Program”. Officers of the Month are honored at a special awards luncheon each May in Washington, DC during National Police Week, and they are featured in the Memorial Fund’s annual calendar. The Police Unity Tour is also proud to sponsor the NLEOMF’s “Recently Fallen Alerts”.
Chapter VIII is based in Florida but we welcome members from all other states. We are proud to have riders and support personnel from Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Arizona, Georgia, Alabama and the United Kingdom (just to name a few).