Taking part in the annual Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance has been among the proudest moments of Lake Illawarra police inspector Paul Allman's career.
"The camaraderie is extremely high on the day," Insp Allman said.
"Everyone is very proud to participate ... be involved and remember those officers who have lost their lives."
Today, officers from around the Illawarra will kick-start their motorbikes and head to Kiama police station to begin the long ride to Canberra.
A key focus of the event for the Illawarra riders will be a tribute to Sergeant Nick Skomarow from Wollongong LAC, who died on August 16 due to complications following surgery.
Following the 8am memorial service, riders will pass through Jamberoo and Moss Vale on their way to Goulburn where they will meet up with contingents from Sydney and Dubbo.
At its peak, the group of riders is expected to number 1500.
The names of any officers who have died on duty in the past year are placed in their respective commissioners' batons and transported to Canberra where they are added to the National Wall of Remembrance.
This year, the name of Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson, killed while on duty in Oakville on December 5, 2012, will be placed in the NSW Commissioner's baton.
Insp Allman said they had received good support from the Illawarra business community.
"There are six businesses that have given us a hand by providing donations of gift vouchers and products which will be raffled on the day," he said.
"We're hoping to raise a couple of thousand dollars towards [Police] Legacy."