FLORHAM PARK, NJ - The public is invited to support the Chapter 1: Police Unity Tour - Team Essex on Thursday, February 6, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. by either dining in or trying the new Carside To GoTM service at Applebee’s, which is located at 240 Route 10 in East Hanover. Guests must print out the photo of the flyer and present it upon payment, and Applebee’s will donate 10 percent to the Team. The flyer must be presented for the donation to count.
"This is a great cause," said former Livingston resident, Stu Slotnick. "The Chapter 1: Police Unity Tour is a bicycle ride from NJ to DC to raise awareness for fallen law enforcement officers. We are 'Team Essex' who ride in the Police Unity Tour. Our team consists of the Essex Sheriff of Livingston and West Orange officers who are members of the Police Unity Tour. We formed Team Essex to help raise funds together."
In May 1997, the Police Unity Tour was organized by Officer Patrick P. Montuore of the Florham Park Police Department. The primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. As the original founding chapter of the Police Unity Tour, Chapter I is still based in Florham Park, NJ where Montuore now serves as the Chief of Police.
What started with 18 riders on a four-day fundraising bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, has since grown into nine Chapters (two are in NJ) consisting of more than 1700 members nationwide who make the trip, annually.
The first tour raised $18,000.00. In May 2013, the tour donated over $1.72 million to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, bringing to overall total donations raised to nearly $14 million.
In late 2005, the Police Unity Tour pledged $5 million in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum. Inspired by the tour’s commitment and motto, “We Ride for Those Who Died,” the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund selected the organization to be the sponsor of the Museum’s Hall of Remembrance.
The Police Unity Tour dedicated the 2010 ride to the restoration of the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The $1.1 million restoration project included 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.
The Chapter 1: Police Unity Tour website says, “We are proud to be part of the many accomplishments of the Police Unity Tour, which this past May announced that for 2013 they were able to donate over $1.72 million dollars to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, bringing our total donations to nearly $14 million.