Watch for cops Tuesday

Published 10:15 pm Saturday, May 7, 2011

Folks traveling in North Suffolk on Tuesday morning will want to watch out for the Law Enforcement United bicycle ride.

About 275 bicyclists with dozens of support personnel will pedal through Suffolk on Route 17 from its border with Chesapeake to the Isle of Wight County line. Several Suffolk officers will be among them.

“Our main mission is to raise awareness for law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty,” said Detective Wallace Chadwick of the Chesapeake Police Department. Chadwick also is president of Law Enforcement United.

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The money gathered through “The Road to Hope Memorial Ride” and other fundraisers supports Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.) and the Officer Down Memorial Page. Both organizations help the surviving family members of officers killed in the line of duty. The Officer Down Memorial Page is a website dedicated to honoring each and every police officer killed in the line of duty, whether because of an accident, medical problem or criminal action.

“We do take care of our own,” said Chadwick.

The organization has close to 500 members. Only about 275 bicyclists will go on the ride. All bicyclists must be a sworn law enforcement officer or the survivor of a fallen law enforcement officer.

The ride will begin at the Marriott Hotel on Woodlake Drive in Chesapeake at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The officers will travel toward Suffolk, then go up Route 17, making a pit stop at the Bridge Road fire and police station. They then will head toward the James River ferry, take it to Williamsburg and head to Richmond to complete a 106-mile journey.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the officers will continue to press northward until they reach the Sept. 11, 2011 memorial at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

The officers go almost half the distance on the first day because of the flat terrain, Chadwick said.

“It’s all flat down here in Hampton Roads,” he said. “Even though the mileage is not there on day two and day three, you’re using twice as much energy.”

To find out more or support the organization, visit or search for them on Facebook.