Rider: Durham Regional Police Service Sergeant Matt Flower
Years of Service: 26
Years on the Ride: 3
Sergeant Matt Flower joined Durham Regional Police Service in 1990, working as a frontline patrol officer for nearly 10 years. Moving from frontline to the Intelligence Branch, Matt spent several years in the Biker Enforcement Unit, spending countless hours away from home to help keep the community safe. In 2015, Sergeant Flower took his career on the road when he moved to supervise the Traffic Services Branch. Sergeant Flower also dedicates his time as a member of the Chief’s Ceremonial Unit from 1992 to the present.
This year’s ride will be the third time Matt has taken part in the 700-kilometre journey from Alymer to Ottawa.
“I have attended the Canadian Police and Peace Officers Memorial in Ottawa for the past 17 years,” said Sergeant Flower. “By participating in the Ride to Remember, it makes it more personal for me. It’s my way of showing my respect for the fallen officers and to let their families know, we support them. Our suffering on this ride does not come close to the suffering of the families of the fallen officers.”
A career highlight for Sergeant Flower was when he was in the Biker Enforcement Unit and was part of Project Tandem. They worked towards dismantling Hells Angels chapters across Ontario.
On a personal note, Sergeant Flower has one highlight that stands out against any other – he met his wife of 22 years Lisa at DRPS.