CHESAPEAKE – At 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018, the Virginia Division of Law Enforcement United will hold its 2018 Road to Hope Send-off Ceremony. The ceremony will take place at the Delta by Marriott, 725 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, Va., 23320.
Immediately following the ceremony, over 300 bicycle riders and over 100 support members from all over the United States will leave on a 3-day, 250-mile bicycle ride to Washington, D.C. At the same time, four other divisions will be leaving from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Roanoke, Va. They will all arrive together in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 12, 2018, to kick off National Police Week.
Law Enforcement United is composed of over 1,000 members nationwide. Membership is limited to active duty and retired federal, state and local law enforcement officers as well as surviving family members of officers killed in the line of duty. The mission of Law Enforcement United is to “Honor the Fallen and Remember the Survivors”.
Law Enforcement United is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 charity. GuideStar has awarded Law Enforcement United a Platinum rating – its highest rating for charities. The charities Law Enforcement United supports are Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), Officer Down Memorial Page, and Spirit of Blue. Law Enforcement United considers the C.O.P.S. Kids Camp its premier mission. The C.O.P.S. Kids Camp is attended by children of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. At camp, children receive counseling, meet other children who have lost a parent to a line-of-duty death and learn how to begin the healing process. Many return year after year and some become camp mentors and counselors. The camp is fully funded by Law Enforcement United and is provided at no cost to survivors.
To date, Law Enforcement United has raised over $4.4 million for these charities.