On May 12, thousands of law enforcement officers will bike to Washington, DC from points in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, as they participate in the 2017 Police Unity Tour. The annual event, to raise awareness of fallen officers and funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, has kicked off Police Week every year since 1997. To date, the Police Unity Tour has raised more than $20 million for the Memorial and the National Law Enforcement Museum, the latter of which is now under construction and scheduled to open in the Fall of 2018.
The Police Unity Tour was started with the hope of increasing public awareness of police officers who have died in the line of duty and honoring their sacrifice. Likewise, when completed, the Museum will serve as a living legacy to law enforcement. In addition to honoring the history of law enforcement, the Museum will teach visitors about the law enforcement profession while showing them what it’s like to walk in the shoes of the men and women who serve. It will also provide a space for a range of voices to come together to discuss and forge a mutual understanding on relevant law enforcement issues of the day.
The Museum’s Stand With Honor campaign is an important element of the Museum and will highlight the stories of Stand With Honor members. These stories of heroism and courage are essential to providing visitors with a better understanding of law enforcement and the daily challenges faced.
Since Congress authorized construction of the National Law Enforcement Museum in 2000, many members of the law enforcement community have worked tirelessly to ensure that the Museum accurately depicts the past, present and future of law enforcement and the issues that are faced each day. The Police Unity Tour alone has donated $5 million to the Museum to date. Substantial progress has been made but the Museum needs the help of the entire law enforcement community to make it a success. The Stand With Honor campaign has been launched to ensure that the stories of all law enforcement officers are told in the Museum.
Please visit StandWithHonor.us and join the National Law Enforcement Museum’s Honor Alliance. When you join the Honor Alliance, you are helping to ensure that your, and your fellow officer’s, legacy is preserved. The Museum will collect and share as many real stories of honor from law enforcement officers as possible in order to memorialize their dedication and sacrifices.
Whether you join the Honor Alliance yourself as an active or retired officer, honor another officer as a gift or memoriam, or join as a law enforcement organization, the Honor Alliance is truly a testament to making the Museum a place that represents America’s entire law enforcement community, a place where officers can ultimately leave their mark on law enforcement history.