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Concerns of Police Survivors — Rebuilding Shattered Lives
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42nd Annual Peace Officers Memorial Service

May 4, 2015 - 7:30 pm Wesley Bolin Plaza
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Our Mission:

Provide resources to assist in the rebuilding of lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal criteria. Furthermore, C.O.P.S. provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors.
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We are committed to honoring the fallen by rebuilding, educating, and supporting law enforcement survivors and agencies with excellence, integrity, and compassion.

11th Annual Arizona Fallen Officer Memorial 5k HUGE Success!

Concerns of Police Survivors, Arizona Chapter and the Peace Officer Memorial Board Charity, Inc. would like to thank everyone who participated in our 11th Annual Arizona Fallen Officer Memorial 5k on March 8, 2015.  This year we had a record number of participants, totaling over 1,500, and raised approximately $30,000 conservatively.  The teams honoring Arizona's fallen heroes were many and inspiring.  C.O.P.S. Arizona hopes all survivors were reminded of the support by others.  Proceeds help the upkeep of the Arizona Peace Officer Memorial and helping rebuild the lives of fallen officer survivors. 

Thank you to: *POMB & COPS Arizona run committee members *Sponsors of the event: City of Phoenix Police, Willie Itule Produce & Walmart of Buckeye.  *Emcee -  Nicole Crites from KPHO CBS 5 *Opening prayer - Pastor William Hudson, Shield of Faith Christian Center - Mesa *National Anthem - Phoenix Police Sgt. Vincent Lewis *...and all the extrodinary volunteers!

For pictures from the event, go to

Media Clips: March 8-9, 2015 - 3TV AZFamilyABC 15KPHO CBS 5FOX 10 Phoenix

Fox 9 KMSP St. Paul MN •  Fox 5 WTTC Washington, D.C.Fox KTXF PhiladelphiaFox KTTV Los AngelesFox 4 KDFW DallasFox Chicago

March 6, 2015 - KPHO CBS 5

Print/Other - East Valley TribuneAhwatukee Foothills NewsYour West ValleyModern Times MagazineFindARaceRaceMob •  HeyEvent •  VisitArizona •  Active.comRace360

COPS Walk Southwest 2015

February 21 - 22, 2015

Survivors from all over the nation came to Phoenix for C.O.P.S. Walk Southwest.  For two days, survivors walked 25 miles to honor a fallen hero.  It is a physical challenge with emotional highs to support C.O.P.S.' Hands-On Programs.  This year's title sponsor was Arizona's Bearizona, along with Streamlight and Proforce.  Photos and media coverage from the event can be found on our Facebook page:

Watch the segment from Fox 10 here.

Watch the segment from ABC 15 here.

Watch the segment from 3TV & CBS 5 KPHO here.

Watch the recap video of COPSWALKSW here from National C.O.P.S.

National Police Week - May 11-17, 2015

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) Arizona will be sending the survivors of six (6) fallen police officers to National Police Week.  In May of 2015, approximately 100 people will be boarding planes in Arizona to honor their hero in Washington, D.C.

“Survivors that attend the national and Arizona memorial events soon realize they are not alone and can rebuild their lives with the support of others,” says Jan Blaser-Upchurch, president of C.O.P.S. Arizona and surviving spouse of Arizona Department of Public Safety Sergeant John Blaser.  “It is so important for the surviving families and co-workers to attend National Police Week because the events help first year survivors begin the healing process.”

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, as of today (December 31st, 2014), 126 police officers died in the line of duty in 2014 - a 24% increase from 2013.  Firearm related incidents were the primary cause of these police deaths.  The last time Arizona lost six officers was 2011. 

C.O.P.S. Arizona spends approximately $100,000 a year to send surviving family members and co-workers to Washington, D.C. for National Police Week.  This year, the non-profit will be sending survivors of Flagstaff Officer Tyler Stewart, Navajo Division of Public Safety Officer Ernest Montoya, Chandler Police Officer David Payne, Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Officer Jair Cabrera, Border Patrol Agent Alexander Giannini, and Phoenix Detective John Hobbs.  They are also sending survivors of Utah County Sheriff (Utah) Sergeant Cory Wride, Tipton County Sheriff's Office (Indiana) Deputy Sheriff Jacob Daniel Calvin and Gary Police Department (Indiana) Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield, as they live in Arizona. “There are many Arizona residents that lost officers from other states,” adds Jan.  “We are committed to supporting these survivors their entire lives, even if they currently reside or later relocate to Arizona.”  C.O.P.S. assists survivors with comfort, grieving workshops, and providing transportation to and from police week events.  C.O.P.S. National Police Week events can be found at: (Registration will soon be open.)

If the public would like to help send survivors to National Police Memorial week in Washington D.C. or assist fallen officer families, donations are always accepted via C.O.P.S. Arizona’s website at  C.O.P.S. Arizona is a 501(c)3 and receipts are automatically sent with every generous contribution.  Additionally, Arizonans can pay respects to fallen officers by purchasing a specialty license plate for your vehicle.  Citizens can order an Arizona C.O.P.S. specialty plate through

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