Oklahoma Highway Patrol to Host Police Unity Tour Ceremony

On April 25, 2006 at 6:00 P.M., the Police Unity Tour will be making a stop in Oklahoma City for a ceremony honoring all law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty. The ceremony will be held at the Department of Public Safety, located at 3600 North Martin Luther King Blvd., Oklahoma City.

The Police Unity Tour (PUT) was formed in 1997 by a group of law enforcement officers from New Jersey, who rode their bicycles from Florham Park, New Jersey to Washington, D.C. to raise donations for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (NLEOM) in Washington, D.C. The PUT members have grown from 18 to 800 members nationwide and is the single largest supporter of NLEOM. The PUT goal is to raise $5 million over the next 4 years.

To mark their 10th anniversary, they decided to do something extraordinary. On April 15th, twelve officers will leave Los Angeles, California on a cross country bicycle ride, en route to Ground Zero in New York, in honor of all police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Carried coast to coast during this ride will be a specially engraved police baton, honoring all of the officers killed in the line of duty. Upon arrival in Washington, D.C. on May 12th, this baton will be presented to Craig Floyd, Director of NLEOM.

In their effort to raise awareness and donations, they will be holding a memorial service in each state they pass through. In Oklahoma, they will start their days ride in:

Leaving Elk City on April 25th and arriving in Oklahoma City on April 25, 2006, with the ceremony at 6:00 P.M.

Leaving Sallisaw on April 27th, en route to Conway, Arkansas.

Donations can be made payable to the Police Unity Tour. For more information, please visit the Police Unity Tour website or the Police Unity Tour blog.