Two members of the New Hartford Police Department are taking part in the 2017 Police Unity Tour.

Officer Shane Yoxall and Investigator Andrew Allen began their 260-mile bike trek from New Jersey to Washington, DC this morning.

The ride is held to raise awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

Allen is riding year for Officers Nicholas Smarr and Jody Smith, best friends who were both shot and killed in the line of duty while backing each other up on a domestic incident call.

Yoxall is riding for Officer Michael Krol who was shot and killed by an active shooter during a protest in downtown Dallas.  He's also honoring fallen Utica Police Officer Thomas Lindsey on the 10th anniversary of his death in the line of duty.

The Unity Tour also raises funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial and Museum.