The tenth annual bike ride for the group “Illinois Concerns of Police Survivors” (COPS) across the state made a stop in Springfield Thursday.
More than 50 police officers and their escort vehicles started early Thursday morning in Alton by dipping their rear tires in the Mississippi River and ended the first leg of the four day ride at the Illinois Peace Officers’ Memorial on the grounds of the Illinois State Capitol. Chicago Police Captain Kevin Anderson, explains why he does this year after year.
“This is a great organization and a tremendous group of people. We think it is important to support the families of the officers who have fallen. At the time of the line-of-duty death there is always alot of fanfare but we don’t want the families and the survivors to be forgotten. They will always be part of our families,” says Anderson.
The officers represented departments from all over Illinois. The trip will end Sunday evening with a ceremonial dip of their front tires in Lake Michigan.