Officers depart on the fourth UK Police Unity Tour

Posted on July 29, 2016 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

Police Unity Tour in London group

OFFICERS from across the UK were in London today at the launch of the Police Unity Tour cycle ride this morning at the National Police Memorial.

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey and Assistant Commissioner Helen King were among those wishing the cyclists well on their 180 mile journey. The tour raises money for Care of Police Survivors – and arrives at the charity’s Service of Remembrance in Staffordshire on Sunday.

The motto is “We Ride For Those Who Died.”

Joining cyclists departing London today are riders leaving South Wales, Leicestershire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

Jan Berry from COPS described the importance of the charity and its work. She also praised the officers taking part for their fundraising – with more than £130,000 raised to date,

“On behalf of all survivors. Thank you,” said Jan.

Officers who have died in the last 12 months – remembered this morning – were PCs Sahib Lalli, of the Met, PC Dave Phillips, of Merseyside Police and PC Dougie Wiggins, of Police Scotland.

PC Gordon Semple of the Met was also remembered.

Assistant Commissioner Helen King said: “We run towards danger when many run away. It’s a calling. It’s a purpose. We are a Police Family.”

Ch Supt Rob Atkin from the Met – who organises the ride – said: “We know the risks and we know sometimes we have to pay the ultimate sacrifice – the COPS charity was set up by survivors for survivors.”


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