Hundreds of serving and retired police officers from the Southern Region departed Kiama in a mass motorcycle ride on Saturday, in a show of police solidarity.
It’s the eighth consecutive year officers from the Southern Region have taken part in the Wall to Wall: Ride for Remembrance.
The ride is a gesture of police solidarity, to honour officers who have lost their life in the line of duty, while raising funds to support their families.
Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys was in Kiama on Saturday morning, and said he was proud to be part of such an important police event.
“It’s one of those yearly events that truly does show how big and how committed the police family is,” he said.
Deputy commissioner Worboys said this year’s ride had brought record numbers.
“The ride has gotten stronger and stronger and there’s more and more bikes,” he said.
“For me I’m just so proud to see so many people come along to respect and support policing itself.”
The ride also promotes motorcycle and road safety.
This year’s event paid particular tribute to the late Chief Inspector Steven Johnson and Senior Constable Robert Sasagi.
Their names were displayed on the doors of a vintage ute which also set off for the journey to Canberra.
The ride will culminate at the National Police Memorial in Canberra on Saturday afternoon.
This year’s Wall to Wall: Ride for Remembrance is expected to feature more riders than ever before, with almost 2000 police officers from across the country registered to ride to Canberra, including more than 1000 riders in the NSW contingent.