Received from Capt. Scott Burke, City of Portsmouth Police Department:
Friday morning will see two separate police bicycle tours passing through Portsmouth – both are incredible sights to see.
The Police Unity Tour rides to raise awareness of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, and to support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC. I rode this tour in 2009, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The Florida and Southern California Chapters will be departing on their 240 mile ride to Washington from North Landing at 7 AM Friday, and will be outbound along Crawford and High Streets to the Chesapeake border.
Law Enforcement United also rides to Washington, they are riding in support of COPS – Concerns of Police Survivors, a charity that exists to provide support to the families whose law enforcement officer died in the line of duty. Portsmouth has two officers riding with LEU this year. They will be departing the Greenbrier area about 7 AM, and will enter Portsmouth along GW Highway, travel up Frederick, then depart along High Street to Chesapeake/Suffolk. This tour should come through Mid-City by about 745.
Both of these processions/tours are stunning to see. Each tour will be led by 20+ escort vehicles, will have 200+ cyclists, and a support train of medical staff and mobile bike shops.
If you have the opportunity Friday morning, between 7 and 8, to join us along either route (Crawford to High to Churchland or Frederick to High to Churchland), you’ll be in for a sight to remember, and the officers riding will very much appreciate your support. Both groups ride 3 days, May 10, 11, 12, chewing away at the 220+ miles between here and Washington, arriving just as National Police Week kicks off. National Police Week honors the over 19,000 American local, state, tribal, and federal officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. In 2012, 120 officers died serving their communities, including 3 from Virginia. So far in 2013, two Virginia officers have died, either in the line of duty or as a result of injuries in the line of duty.
I’ll be at North Landing for the Florida chapter departure ceremony, then assisting with traffic control along the High Street route. I look forward to seeing those of you able to join us.
National Police Week: www.nationalpoliceweek.org and www.nationalpoliceweek.com
Police Unity Tour (Chapter VIII, Florida): www.policeunitytourviii.org
Law Enforcement United: www.lawenforcementunited.org
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial: www.nleomf.org/memorial
Officer Down Memorial Page: www.odmp.org