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The primary mission of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness in the law enforcement and civilian community about the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial. Our secondary mission is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Fund as well as the National Law Enforcement Officer's Museum. In May 1997, the Police Unity Tour was organized 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. Additionally, we assist the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Fund with monetary support. This mission is primarily accomplished through an annual bicycle trek from various points across the United States to the Memorial, located in Washington, D.C. Since 1997, the Police Unity Tour has raised over $2,000,000 for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Fund.
In 2004 Lt. John Glinko, Officer Jessica Groblewski, and Officer Craig Casaletto were the first Mt. Olive Police officers to volunteer their time and ride their bicycles to Washington DC. Officer Eric Anthony made his first Unity Tour Ride in 2005.
In 2006, (6) six Mt. Olive Police officers volunteered their time off and bicycled over 300 miles from Florham Park, NJ to Washington DC. The group of officers left Florham Park, NJ on May 9, 2006 and bicycled to Ground Zero in New York City where a brief ceremony took place for the officers killed on 09/11/2001. The first day concluded after bicycling approximately 65 miles. On the second day the officers bicycled from Woodbridge, NJ to Wilmington DE which is 100 miles. The third day of the ride is from Delaware to Annapolis, Maryland which is another 100 mile bicycle ride. The fourth and final day, the Mt Olive Police officers along with over 300 other police officers left Annapolis and arrived at the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC.
The trek not only ends with the 300 Miles Bicycle Ride. Officers then participate in an Annual Candlelight Vigil at the Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial. This annual vigil unites officer's families who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Forever these officers names are etched in stone upon the walls of the memorial. Members of the Police Unity Tour don our Honor Guard uniforms and escort the families of our brother and sister officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. For some families it is the first time seeing the memorial or their family member's name etched upon the wall which already displays the 17,081 names of officers killed in the line of duty.
After paying for 3 days of lodging expenses, the remainder of the money which is raised from sponsors goes directly to the Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. All donations made to the Police Unity Tour are fully tax deductible (Tax ID# 22-3530451). If you are interested in supporting these Mt. Olive Police Officers on their future treks with the Police Unity Tour, please feel free to contact any of the 2006 Mount Olive Police Officers who made the journey.
Sergeant Michael Pocquat
Officer Amy Clymer
Officer Carl Mase
Officer Eric Anthony
Officer Craig Casaletto