A GROUP of dedicated police officers have returned to Dubbo after helping raise much-needed funds for an organisation close to their hearts.
Five officers from the Orana Local Area Command - Mark Meredith, Peter Ensor, Warwick Campbell, Tom Magann and Craig Marchant - spent three days battling cold, early starts and saddle soreness to complete the Remembrance Ride for Police Legacy.
Starting from the Police Memorial in The Domain, the Dubbo riders formed part of a group of about 125 riders that split into five pelotons for the trip down the Hume Highway to Canberra.
Day one saw them rest overnight in Mittagong, day two took them to the Police Academy in Goulburn, and the final day saw them roll into Canberra, the finish line being the National Police Memorial.
For the first time the NSW officers were joined by colleagues from the ACT and Victoria for the final leg of the event.
"When you leave the memorial in Sydney and finish at the memorial in Canberra it's pretty touching," Detective Sergeant Meredith said.
"You see the people who have fallen in the line of duty, and when the services were taking place there were friends, family or people who knew these officers there and you could just see the emotion they carry.
"Police Legacy is such a great cause as well, helping the families of officers that pass away or officers that fall on tough times. It's our way of giving back and helping the people that put so much on the line."
Part of the group the Dubbo contingent was with during the trip were friends of fallen officer, Detective Inspector Bryce Anderson, who died after being stabbed while responding to an incident in the Sydney suburb of Oakville in 2012. Detective Sergeant Meredith said having people from outside the force keen to be involved was a positive for the event, now in its fourth year.
"One of the guys that was friends with Bryce Anderson is a builder and he paid $2600 for a signed Mark Renshaw jersey at an auction we had in Goulburn on the second night," he said. "The ride has grown a fair bit in four years to the point where there was about 125 riders this year and some weren't even police officers.
"From our perspective locally this was the first time we've participated and hopefully we can be involved again next year and have more people take part."