The East Midlands chapter, which includes thirty-eight cyclists and their support team, is riding 180 miles to Staffordshire in remembrance of police officers and staff who have died in service.
The tour, which takes place annually, raises funds for Care of Police Survivors and culminates in officers from around the country coming together for a memorial service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
Malcolm Shakespeare, a trainer for Derbyshire Constabulary and secretary for the Police Unity Tour, said: “We remember those from the police family who lost their life whilst on duty. It’s a challenging and emotional journey but something very important as we support those left behind.
“It truly is an experience and one that is so hard to define.”
Officers and staff from the Police and Fire Joint HQ in Ripley lined the roads to welcome the cyclists as they arrived, and a short service took place in the remembrance garden, led by Lead Chaplain Ami-Adessa Lindo.
“It was a pleasure to give a warm Derbyshire welcome to the East Midlands IX Chapter Unity Tour, who cycle from force to force every year to raise money for the Care of Police Survivors Charity.
“COPS provides ongoing support to bereaved loved ones of fallen police officers who have passed away whilst on duty. The support COPS offers families in their time of need is outstanding, and the Unity Tour itself is a very moving event.
“The Force Chaplains were honoured to lead a time of reflection, a minute’s silence, and prayers of comfort and safe passage for the Tour.”
Wreaths were laid at the Derbyshire memorial by representatives from Derbyshire Constabulary, Police Federation, the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, and the Police Superintendents’ Association.
Full details of the Police Unity Tour can be found on their website.