Pictured: Inspector Paul Allman and Senior Constable Mark Byers, from the Illawarra, were among 1500 riders who were part of the Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance. Credit: ANDY ZAKELI
A cold, rainy start wasn't enough to dampen the spirits of Illawarra police officers who took part in the annual Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance on Saturday.
Officers aboard 55 bikes held a ceremony at Kiama before joining about 1500 other riders from across the state on their way to the country's capital.
The event is held to raise money for Police Legacy and to pay tribute to officers who have died while protecting the community.
Lake Illawarra police Inspector Paul Allman said there was an incredible sense of pride among officers riding into Canberra.
"They shut down the whole city," he said.
"We had a green-light corridor ... into the city centre.
"Commissioner [Andrew] Scipione made a speech on behalf of all commissioners."
Insp Allman said the weather cleared up around Goulburn, providing a scenic drive to the nation's capital.
The Illawarra group managed to raise about $1000 for the charity.
"We were down a bit due to the wet weather but it's not a bad effort for an hour's work," Insp Allman said.
A focus of this year's event was paying respect to Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson, who was killed after attending a dispute in Oakville on December 5, 2012.
Illawarra riders also paid tribute to Sergeant Nick Skomarow, who died on August 24 following complications from surgery.