EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Police Unity Tour provides an opportunity for Law Enforcement Officers to honor their fallen comrades in a show of solidarity, support, and shared grief. East Brunswick Police Department Officers Christian Longhitano and Brian Woodruff began thier pilgrimage in blue on Tuesday with other officers from around the nation in this annual event.
The Police Unity Tour is a four-day bicycle ride starting in Mercer County Park and culminating at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. The ride, covering more than 300 miles, includes law enforcement officers from all over New Jersey as well as chapters from as far as California.
The 2017 ride left Northern New Jersey on May 9th and will arrive in Washington, D.C. on May 12. The Candlelight Vigil will take place May 13 at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. On May 10, Longhitano and Woodruff joined other officers to cycle to Wilmington, Del., a distance of approximately 100 miles. Today, the group will travel from Wilmington to Annapolis, Md. another 100-mile run. Tomorrow, on May 12, the Unity Tour arrives in Washington after a ride of approximately 60 miles. Tomorrow night, all members are expected to attend the Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
With the help of the East Brunswick Police Department, local businesses, individual donations, and the support of the East Brunswick PBA Local #145, Officers Longhitano and Woodruff have raised over $3,600.00 which will support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum. "In the year 2000, the United States Congress and President Bill Clinton authorized the establishment of a National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C., paving the way for the nation's largest and most comprehensive museum honoring the duty and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers. The National Law Enforcement Museum is a natural extension of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. It will be a place where all Americans can honor, remember and learn about the hardworking heroes who keep us safe and provide the backbone of our democratic society." (website)
Construction of the National Law Enforcement Museum began in April 2016 and continues at a location across the street from the Memorial.
Longhitano and Woodruff are taking part in the unity tour for the first time and are eager to join more than 2,200 of their brother and sister officers from around the country in this ride to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty.