(BLOOMINGTON) - Cops cycling for C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) kicked off yesterday (July 20th) with a short ceremony in front of the Fallen Officers Memorial outside the Indiana Government Center in Indianapolis earlier this morning.
The ride's first stop was in Bloomington to honor fallen Deputy Sarah Jones of the Monroe County Sheriff's Department who was killed in October of 2008.
Indiana C.O.P.S. operates as a peer support network for survivors of line-of-duty death according to federal criteria. Their primary goal is to be there for all survivors on a day-to-day basis, assisting them with anything they need. Indiana Concerns of Police Survivors also provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Furthermore, C.O.P.S. provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors.
Nationally well over 100 law enforcement officers are killed each year. In 2008 there were 138 officers killed across the nation. In Indiana during 2008 two officers were killed in separate traffic crashes. Each death results in untold numbers of family and co-workers left behind to cope with the tragic loss. C.O.P.S. provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives.
Cops Cycling for Indiana C.O.P.S. consists of Indiana Police Officers along with friends, family and survivors that will bicycle 878 miles around Indiana to honor fallen officers who have died in the line of duty. The 2008 Cops Cycling for COPS raised nearly $40,000.
Money raised from this event and other sources will assist in providing financial assistance to family members of fallen officers by helping defray the costs associated with National Police Week. National C.O.P.S seminars for children, siblings, parents, adult children and spouses of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, needs associated with criminal trials, continuous support of survivors in need and support items and business needs of the Indiana Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors.
C.O.P.S. riders exiting SR 37 onto College Avenue North of Bloomington
Indiana State Police Detective Kevin Getz cycling onto College Avenue
Indiana State Police Detective Kevin Getz in front of the Justice Building at 7th & College Avenue
C.O.P.S. detail cycling in front of the Monroe County Justice Building
C.O.P.S. riders after completing the ride to Bloomington to honor Deputy Sarah Jones
FOP VP Marty Deckard BPD, Prosecutor Chris Gaal, ISP Captain Jimmie Durnil, Survivor Chris Jones and ISP M/Trp Rich Crawford
ISP Detective Kevin Getz & M/Trp. Rich Crawford
C.O.P.S. riders lining up for a group photo
Day 1, July 20 - Indianapolis - Bloomington 65 miles
Depart Indy at 0930 hrs via city streets to S/B SR 37 stopping in Martinsville for lunch. SR 37 to Bloomington exiting at College St to the Monroe Co SD for Memorial Service
Day 2, July 21 - Bloomington - Madison 83 miles
Depart Bloomington (0700) via SR 446 south to US 50 continuing east on US 50 to Brownstown for lunch. Continue from Brownstown on SR 39 south to SR 250 east to SR 7. Traveling south on SR 7 into Madison
Day 3, July 22 - Madison - Jeffersonville 50 miles
Depart Madison (0700) south on SR 62 to New Washington for lunch. Continue on SR 62 south to Jeffersonville for overnight at Jeffersonville FOP Lodge.
Day 4, July 23 - Jeffersonville - Huntingburg 76 miles
Depart Jeffersonville (0700) on SR 64 west stopping for lunch at location TBD. Continue on SR 64 to SR 231 then north to Huntingburg
Day 5, July 24 - Huntingburg - Vincennes 62 miles
Depart Huntingburg (0700) on SR 64 west to Princeton for lunch. Continue on SR 64 to US 41 north to Vincennes
Day 6 July 25 - Vincennes -Terre Haute 60 miles
Depart Vincennes (0700) on SR 41 north to Sullivan for lunch. Continue on SR 41 north to Terre Haute
Day 7, July 26 - Terre Haute - Kentland 97 miles
Depart Terre Haute (0700) on SR 63 north to Lunch at SR 63/I-74. Continue on SR 63 to SR 41 to Kentland
Day 8, July 27 - Kentland - Merrillville 64 miles
Depart Kentland (0700) on SR 41 north. Lunch in Lowell. Continue on SR 41 north to Merrillville
Day 9, July 28 - Merrillville - South Bend 70 miles
Depart Merrillville (0700) on US 30 east to SR 2 east to Laporte for lunch. Continue on SR 2 to South Bend
Day 10, July 29 - South Bend - Angola 70 miles
Depart South Bend (0700) on county roads the parallel US 20 to Middlebury for Lunch. Continue on County roads paralleling US 20 to Angola
Day 11, July 30 - Angola - Bluffton 83 miles
Depart Angola (0700) on Old US 27 south to CR 39 to SR 427 to Tonkel Road downtown to Fort Wayne Headwaters Park for Lunch. Continue out of Ft. Wayne on city streets to SR 27 to Decatur depart west on SR 224 to SR 1 south to Bluffton
Day 12, July 31 -Bluffton - Richmond 90 miles
Depart Bluffton at (0700) on SR1 south to SR 67 south to downtown Muncie for lunch. Depart Muncie on SR 35 (Bike Path for 20+ miles) and continuing on SR 35 south to Richmond
Day 13, Aug 1 - Richmond - Indianapolis (Crown Hill Cemetery) 73 miles
Depart Richmond (0700) on US 40 west to Knightstown for lunch. Continue west on US 40 to Indianapolis city limits to Butler University via city streets. Stage at Butler Univ. for movement to Crown Hill for 1600 CLOSING CEREMONY
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