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Delays Expected for Police Unity Tour

Bicycle tour that raises awareness of officers who died in the line of duty will cause extended traffic delays as it passes through Madison on Wednesday morning, police said.

The annual Police Unity Tour begins its first leg Wednesday morning, and will ride through downtown Madison.

Motorists should "expect extended traffic delays," Madison police said.

Coming from Florham Park, the route through Madison runs from Ridgedale Avenue to Park Avenue, Madison Avenue, Loantaka Way and then Woodland Road toward Morris Township.

The four-day bicycle ride runs from New Jersey to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness of the law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. Funds raised from the tour support the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial and Museum.

The first tour was organized in 1997 by Florham Park Police Chief Patrick P. Montuore.

Two officers from the are riding in the tour this year. Sgt. Daniel Papa will ride in honor of Sgt. James Chapin of Chattanooga, Tenn., who died on April 2, 2011, from a gunshot wound he received at the scene of an armed robbery. Chapin, who was married with two children, was a 27-year veteran of the police department.

When he arrives in D.C., Papa will meet Chapin's family members and escort them to a candlelight vigil on Sunday.

Patrolman David Schaffer will provide logistic support to those riding in the tour.

This will be Papa's sixth straight year and Schaffer's fifth straight year participating in the tour.

Every officer who rides in the event must raise $1,750 to offset trip expenses. Lt. Steven Hennelly of the Chatham Township Police Department said Schaffer and Papa "were able to meet and exceed their fund raising goals for the 2012 Police Unity Tour," thanks to donations and support from local residents and businesses.

Jeffrey Halpern May 09, 2012 at 09:46 AM
A great cause. Thanks to the men and women that serve our communities.
Gary smithen May 09, 2012 at 02:01 PM
John smith is just mad because he probably got arrested by a cop once an he has nothing better to do but bash their profession, all though I would like to see what John smith does for a living. I'm sure he has plenty of cons in his field of work. God bless the PD! Shame on you John
John smith May 09, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Gary, how about you wake up? What do pigs do that a competent armed citizenry couldnt do themselves? I forgot, this is NJ, where personal armaments and responsibility are frowned upon. Oh noes, the cops have got to come save me because I'm incapable of doing anything on my own!
Gary smithen May 09, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I do agree with on self protection but you need presence of authority. I didnt mean to sound insulting earlier but I do believe in the police and that they help. They have helped my family in many ways over the years and I'm sure they will help you someday even if they haven't helped u yet
Frank White May 09, 2012 at 10:54 PM
@ John Smith aka David. Didn't we tell you to play nice so you don't get your toys taken away again. Please be nice and act accordingly so the MAN doesn't stop by again.

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