Beginning on Tuesday, May 9, Director of Safety and Security Jim Shea embarked on a 280-mile, 3 ½ day journey from Philadelphia to Washington DC in honor of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. A former Baltimore City Police Officer of 21 years, Jim rode with nearly 200 active and retired law enforcement officers in the group leaving from Philadelphia to join more than 2,000 officers traveling from different areas in the Police Unity Bike Tour.
Officers stopped along the route to lay wreathes at predetermined locations and to hold memorials for the fallen officers. As they rode from Philadelphia they made stops in several areas such as Aberdeen, Baltimore and Columbia where they were greeted by groups of community supporters. The tour ended on Friday at the National Fallen Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Although Jim rode in remembrance of all of the officers that have died, he honored the memory of Detective Thomas G. Newman who was killed on Saturday, November 23, 2002 by three suspects in retaliation for his testimony in a case in which he was shot and wounded the previous year. Jim met Detective Newman's family in Washington, DC at the memorial to present them with bracelets in the officer's memory that Jim wore on his journey.