The BLUE KNIGHTS® is a non-profit fraternal organization consisting of active and retired law enforcement men & women who enjoy riding motorcycles.
In the Spring of 1974, several law enforcement officers* from the Bangor, Maine (USA) area met and and formed a small, local motorcycle club. The rest, as they say, is history.
Soon, Blue Knight chapters were being formed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and beyond. With the addition of Canada, and later Australia, the Blue Knights became an international organization.
Our Founding Fathers are: Joel Rudom, Bill Robinson, Doug Miner, Ed Gallant, Mike Hall, Chuck Gesner, Wayne Labree, Chuck Shuman.
As of September, 2008, we have 606 chapters and almost 20,000 members in 29 countries.
According to the By-Laws, our purposes and goals are to:
Many Blue Knights® work long and hard to raise money for various charities. Here in the UK we pay particular attention to helping COPS (Care of Police Survivors), a charity dedicated to caring for the families of police officers killed in the line of duty. And as they say in their mission statement:
Nobody understands the trauma of a line of duty death, better than those who have endured it. Care Of Police Survivors (COPS) places new survivors in touch with those who are prepared to help others through the difficult times that lie ahead.
COPS is run by survivors for survivors. Membership is open to spouses, partners, children, parents and siblings of officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
THERE IS NO MEMBERSHIP FEE.
THE PRICE PAID IS ALREADY TOO HIGH.
The Blue Knights® is a family fraternity. Spouses and children often accompany our members to the various rides and functions. When travelling, local members can provide assistance, directions and sometimes a place to stay. We are truly a family.