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PARSIPPANY — The Police Unity Tour 2015 started at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9 in East Hanover and is heading to Washington D.C.,

Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps received some donations from several local businesses, organizations and invididuals to support his goals. Members of the Police Unity Tour, Chapter 1 will ride approximately 300 miles in the four days.

The schedule of the Police Unity Tour:

Saturday, May 9 – Police Unity Tour Send Off: Target / Ramada Inn, Route 10 West, East Hanover
Tuesday, May 12 – Police Unity Tour Arrival Ceremony, 2:00 p.m. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, E Street between 4th & 5th Street, NW Washington D.C.

Wednesday, May 13 – 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil – National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, 8:00 p.m. E Street between 4th & 5th St, NW Washington D.C.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps is riding in memory of Officer Justin Wayne McGrory,
California Highway Patrol. Officer Justin McGrory was struck and killed by a drunk driver while conducting a field sobriety test on I-15 in Barstow at 3:38 a.m., on Sunday, June 27, 2010.

He and his partner had stopped a suspected drunk driver and were administering the tests when he was struck. His partner was not injured. The drunk driver who struck him stopped a short distance away. He was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of marijuana.

On June 24, 2012, the suspect was acquitted after his trial resulted in a hung jury.

Officer McGrory had served with the California Highway Patrol for almost three years. He is survived by his expected wife and three small children. His fourth child, a daughter, was born on July 20, 2010.

Membership to Police Unity Tour is open to all full or part time law enforcement officers, whether active or retired. Civilians 18 years of age or older, who are employed or affiliated with law enforcement agencies and related organizations or possess specific training or skills required to safely and effectively assist the organization may apply. These requirements include, but are not limited to: dispatchers, first aid personnel, doctors, nurses, lawyers, mechanics (automobile and bicycle) and members of organizations such as the Concerns of Police Survivors, Domestic Violence Response Teams.

In May 1997 the Police Unity Tour, Chapter 1, was organized, by Officer Patrick P. Montuore of the Florham Park Police Department, with the hope of bringing public awareness of Police Officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. What started with 18 riders on a four day fund-raising bicycle ride from Florham Park to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Has grown into nine Chapters consisting of over 1,800 members nationwide who make the trip annually.

As the original / founding chapter of the Police Unity Tour, Chapter 1 is still based in Florham Park where Pat Montuore now serves as the Chief of Police.

Although based in New Jersey they welcome members from all other states as well as other countries. In addition to having members represent over 40 states they had members from Australia, England, Israel, Italy, India and Canada.

They are proud to be part of the many accomplishments of the Police Unity Tour in 2014 they were able to donate over 1.9 Million Dollars to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, bringing our total donations to nearly 16 Million Dollars.