Law enforcement officers interested in riding may be active, retired, reserve and represent a law enforcement agency within the United States. Relatives of participating law enforcement officers and survivors are also invited. In addition, various support positions are available for civilian personnel and law enforcement officers not able to ride in the event.
Registration is a two-stage process. Please complete the initial Stage 1 signup. Once reviewed and approved by the Tour coordinator, you will receive an email to complete Stage 2. You are NOT a member UNTIL you have completed Stage 2 and paid your membership application fee. Members not completing both stages will be placed on the waiting list, this includes past members.
All participants (riders and support) are required to do the following:
Question: When does the Police Unity Tour take place?
Answer: The Police Unity Tour takes place every year during National Police Week. The event dates take place from May 8th through the morning of May 14th.
Question: Who can participate as a Rider?
Answer: RIDERS must be sworn law enforcement officers, active or retired, reserve officers are also welcomed. We also invite any immediate family members of participating law enforcement officers and survivors of officers killed in the line of duty to participate as a riders. All participants must be at least 18 years of age.
Question: Who can participate as a member of the support TEAM?
Answer: Our SUPPORT TEAM is open to active or retired law enforcement personnel, immediate family members of an active or retired law enforcement officer, Civilian employees of a law enforcement agency, survivors or any individuals sponsored by current members in good standing. All participants must be at least 18 years of age.
Question: How much does it cost to participate?
Answer: Riders/Support are required to raise a minimum of $1900.00. and pay for required Tour uniforms. In addition, all members must pay a non-refundable $150.00 registration fee. Please allow for airfare costs.
Question: As a new rider why do I need to raise $500 within 60 days?
Answer: Our waitlist is significant. Historically, new riders are our highest drops. This due date allows us to monitor if a new rider is committed to fulfilling the overall minimum fundraising. Failure to raise this minimum, allows us to move off a new member and to move a waitlist member onto the team. Please note, for 2021 registration, priority will be given to 2020 members before registration is open to new members.
Question: Do I need to make hotel arrangements?
Answer: No, the Chapter makes your hotel reservations and your registration monies and membership fee cover the hotel expenses from May 8th through the morning (check out) of May 14, 2020. Any hotel arrangements to stay in Washington D.C. past this date must be made by the member themselves and are separate from the tour hotel contracts.
Question: Do I need to make my own Air travel arrangements?
Answer: Yes, each member is responsible for making their own travel arrangements from the beginning of the Tour in Somerset, New Jersey as well as for their return from Washington D.C.
Question: How far is the route?
Answer: The whole ride is approximately 250 miles. The route is challenging but can be done if the member trains properly. Please check our Facebook link for posted training rides. Out of state members are encouraged to coordinate and post their rides as well.
Question: What is the pace?
Answer: We average 15 mph. The speed will vary based on conditions and terrain. You must train for this ride and be prepared to ride over 100 miles on day two.
Question: When does the membership / application process start?
Answer: We will begin accepting memberships / applications for the 20201 Police Unity Tour in late October.
Question: If I sign-up for the one year membership, do I have to participate in the Police Unity Tour ride in May 2021?
Answer: No, you may opt to join as a member of socalput and receive e-mail updates and participate in the weekly training rides and all socalput funcations.
Question: If I decide not to ride, can I give my membership to another person?
Answer: No, the registration is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Question: I own an E-bike, can I use this type of bicycle?
Answer: No, E-bikes or assisted bikes were reviewed and monitored during the 2019 Tour as a feasible option. We are not able to sustain the equipment, notably due to rainy conditions, there were bicycle failures. The current decision is that no E-bikes are allowed. This decision is current as of 2020-2021.