On Monday, a collection of active and retired police officers, law enforcement survivors and friends of law enforcement will father at the Statehouse in Indianapolis to begin a 13-day and nearly 1,000-mile bicycle ride around the perimeter of Indiana.
The cyclists will be riding in memory of those police officers who have lost their lives in the performance of their duties and to raise awareness of the law enforcement survivors around the state.
According to Master Trooper Rich Crawford, the charity ride, Cops Cycling for IN C.O.P.S., was created in 2004 by Indiana State Police Lt. Gary Dudley.
Dudley's vision was to support the Indiana Chapter of C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) to raise awareness of, and to support the survivors of fallen police officers.
"Lt. Dudley and Lake County Chief Deputy Gary Martin were killed in 2006 during our ride," Crawford said. "They take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made every day by the police officers in their communities."
To date, Cops Cycling for IN C.O.P.S. has raised more than $250,000, which has been used to provide counseling services, college scholarships and funding for families to attend National Police Week in Washington, D.C.
Monies raised this year will go to a scholarship fund set up to assist the children of those fallen police officers. Information on both the charity ride and how to sponsor a rider can be accessed at www.indianacops.org.
The ride will take place from July 26-Aug. 7, and the cyclists are scheduled to be in the Putnamville District July 31 and Aug. 1, riding north through Sullivan, Vigo and Vermillion counties, on United States 41 and State Road 63.
On July 31, the cyclists will be riding from Vincennes to Clinton and on Aug. 1, the riders will be traveling from Clinton to Kentland.