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Concerns of Police Survivors — Rebuilding Shattered Lives
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Concerns of Police Survivors was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members. Today C.O.P.S....
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.

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: http://www.nationalcops.org/police-week. (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 www.copsarizona.org.  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 ServiceArizona.com.

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day - January 9, 2015

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January 9, 2015 - National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

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On January 9th, 2015, partnering organizations in support of law enforcement officers nationwide will promote a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen, in public service to us all.

Each day 780,000 police officers across our country put a badge on and go to work knowing they may face extremely dangerous situations. On average, between 105 and 203 officers die in the line of duty each year, 50,000 officers are assaulted in the line of duty each year, 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year, and over 300 officers commit suicide each year. There is no other profession in the world, except possibly the military, where you will find these kinds of statistics.

Law enforcement officers play such an integral part in our society. Without law enforcement officers, chaos would reign. Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were in trouble - a car accident, a home invasion, an assault - and you did not have someone to call for help? No matter how much abuse law enforcement takes, they continue to do their job, and do it well. They are the guardians of our way of life and they deserve our support.

On January 9th, we call our nation's citizens to action in support of law enforcement. Those citizens who appreciate law enforcement and are discouraged about the negative attention being given to law enforcement are encouraged to take time on Friday, January 9, to show their support. Our citizens can show their support in a number of ways:

* Change your profile picture on social media to the jpg image provided at www.facebook.com/nationalcops

* Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement

* Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency

* Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media

* Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement

* Participate in Project Blue Light - Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement

* Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers

* Advertise your support through local media outlets/billboards

* Post the public service announcement supplied by C.O.P.S. to your organization's webpage or social media pages

Most importantly, if you see a police officer, thank a police officer.

Thank you to the national organizations supporting our efforts.

Watch Jan Blaser-Upchuch & Buckeye Police Department Chief Larry Hall talk about how you can support officers all year round: http://youtu.be/F3qxTg8OAqA

 

 

Remembering Arizona's 2014 Fallen Heroes

As 2014 closed, we remember and honor all the Arizona officers that lost their lives in the line of duty.  The Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) Arizona will continue to be the

Phoenix Police Detective John Hobbs, EOW: Monday, March 3, 2014

Salt River Police Officer Jair Cabrera, E.O.W. Saturday, May 24, 2014

Border Patrol Agent Alexander Giannini, E.O.W. Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Navajo Division of Public Safety Officer Ernest Montoya, EOW: Sunday, November 30, 2014

Chandler Police Officer David Payne, E.O.W. Friday, October 31, 2014

Flagstaff Police Officer Tyler Stewart, E.O.W. Saturday, December 27, 2014

Each officer has a COPS Arizona graphic salute. Honor these heroes by changing your social media profiles and download it here.

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