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PUT this weekend

25 July 2019

Three people are representing the Force by taking part in this year’s Police Unity Tour, an annual sponsored cycle ride in aid of the Care of Police Survivors (COPS) charity, which starts tomorrow (Friday 26 July).

Chief Constable Dave Thompson will be joined by West Midlands Police Federation chair Rich Cooke and Force academic researcher Gill Wall to cycle a route of more than 200 miles ending at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire for the annual COPS memorial service on Sunday.

They will be part of the West Midlands Chapter of the Police Unity Tour (PUT) which includes officers and staff from all four of the West Midlands regional forces.

All proceeds will go to COPS which supports the families of fallen officers.

Rich commented: “I know people get lots of requests to donate to good causes nowadays but if you are part of the police family, or simply value the service, you may know of the COPS charity and the vital work it does supporting those left behind. It’s a sad thought but this could be any of our families.

“Every little donated is genuinely appreciated so if you can help us in any way, if only by sharing the link to our fund-raising page, we are extremely grateful.”

The various chapters of the PUT will set off from points around England and Wales on tomorrow coming together in Staffordshire to then ride into the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas for the COPS memorial service on Sunday.
The PUT, accompanied by The Blue Knights motorcyclists, will arrive at the arboretum at 10am with the service starting at 11am.

Police leaders and Federation officials join the families of fallen officers at the service. Steve Grange, secretary, will represent West Midlands Police Federation at the service.