UPDATE: A team of Chattanooga police officers is honoring officers killed in the line of duty by participating in a 250+ mile group bicycle ride.

The officers left Chattanooga earlier this week to join in the 2019 Law Enforcement United's Road to Hope.

"The CPD team is participating in the 2019 Law Enforcement United's Road to Hope annual ride along with more than 550 officers from around the country," a CPD spokesperson said.

Chattanooga police said the officers are divided into two groups riding two separate routes.

One group traveled to New Jersey and started riding Thursday. The group is composed of three CPD officers cycling and three officers on motorcycles who will be escorting the cyclists. Their ride will take place over four days.

The second group, which includes seven officers cycling, is to Virginia. They will begin riding on Friday. This group also has three officers on motorcycles serving as an escort.

 The Virginia course is referred to as the "Tough Ride" because the course is hilly.

The two groups will reunite in Washington D.C. this weekend.

A CPD spokesperson said the team raised close to $16,000 for Law Enforcement United and to support their ride.


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His name has been added to the Law Enforcement United - Team Chattanooga trailer.

"Team Chattanooga is composed of officers on the Chattanooga Police Dept who ride with Law Enforcement United to raise money for fallen officer's families," a spokesperson explained.

The group of cyclists will be participating in the Road to Hope in May to honor officers from around the U.S. killed in the line of duty.