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Media Advisory: Police Unity Tour Launches 2012 Bike Ride Supporting the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Over 1,400 law enforcement officers and supporters "Ride for Those Who Died"

May 7, 2012

Washington, DC—On May 9th and 10th, hundreds of members of the Police Unity Tour—a group comprised of more than 1,400 police officers—will launch their 2012 ride biking hundreds of miles from points in East Hanover (NJ), Franklin Township (NJ), Howell (NJ), Portsmouth (VA), Richmond (VA), and King of Prussia (PA) to Washington, DC.

The Police Unity Tour’s motto is “We Ride for Those Who Died” and is one that each rider seriously embraces. Participants not only trained hard for the 300 mile average ride, each rider raised more than $1,700 to raise awareness and financial support for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

The Tour’s six spokes will converge in Washington, DC on May 12th when they will ride into the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at approximately 2:00 pm to the cheers of thousands of family, friends, colleagues and supporters.

Along the routes, riders will stop at 14 Target® stores to further the group’s primary mission of raising awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Target® is a generous sponsor of the Police Unity Tour and the overall law enforcement community.

Follow the riders’ progress and view a few photos from the six spokes of the 2012 ride at www.facebook.com/nleomf and on twitter @nleomf.

What: Police Unity Tour Launch East Hanover (NJ) Spoke
When: May 9, 2012 – 9:00 am
Where: Target®
130 State Route 10 West
East Hanover, NJ 07936
Who: Craig W. Floyd, Chairman & CEO
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund



What: Police Unity Tour Launch King of Prussia (PA) Spoke
When: May 9, 2012 – 9:00 am
Where: Valley Forge Scanticon Hotel & Conference Center
1210 1st Ave
King of Prussia, PA



What: Police Unity Tour Launch Portsmouth (VA) Spoke
When: May 10, 2012 – 7:00 am
Where: Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center
425 Water Street
Portsmouth, VA
Who: John Shanks, Director of Development & Law Enforcement Relations  National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund



What: Police Unity Tour Launch Franklin Township (NJ) Spoke
When: May 10, 2012 – 7:30 am
Where: Franklin Township Police Department
475 DeMott Lane
Somerset, NJ



What: Police Unity Tour Launch Howell (NJ) Spoke
When: May 9, 2012 – 8:30 am
Where: Target®
4955 Route 9
Howell, NJ



What: Police Unity Tour Launch Richmond (VA) Spoke
When: May 10, 2012 – 7:00 am
Where: Ramada Plaza Hotel Richmond West
6624 West Broad St
Richmond, VA
Who: Herbert Giobbi, Chief Operating Officer
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund



National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s National Police Week events and activities are supported, in part, by a generous contribution from Target®.

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About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 19,660 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts and extensive educational programming. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.

About the Police Unity Tour
Founded in 1997 with 18 riders, the Police Unity Tour now boasts more than 1,400 riders and support personnel dedicated to raising awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The Police Unity Tour raises funds to support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and National Law Enforcement Museum. For more information, visit www.PoliceUnityTour.com

Steve Groeninger
steve@nleomf.org | (202) 737-135