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Concerns of Police Survivors — Rebuilding Shattered Lives
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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.

National Blue Alert Signed Into Law

The Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015 was signed into law on May 19th, 2015. This is a historic step to keep our officers and citizens safe from brazen criminals. The success was due in large part by survivors across the nation.  C.O.P.S. Arizona were so happy to be apart of the passage of Arizona Blue Alert - but now our law enforcement can catch someone that seriously injured or killed an officer that can go across state lines.  Read the National Blue Alert law here.

National Police Week 2015

During the second week of May 2015, hundreds of Arizona law enforcement attended the National Police Week.  The survivors of six Arizona officers traveled to honor and see their fallen officer’s name on the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall.  This year, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) Arizona helped send approximately 125 first year survivors to National Police Week. 

National Police Week kicked off on May 12th with the inspiring arrivals of the Law Enforcement United, a bike group comprised of survivors of fallen officers and peace officers from all around the nation.  Each rider rode to honor a fallen officer from 2014.  The riders raise money for the C.O.P.S. kid’s camp and the Officer Down Memorial Page.

On May 13th, the annual Candlelight Vigil took place at the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall, were tens of thousands honor all fallen officers and hear the roll call of the 273 names added to the wall.  View the full roll call of names of the 273 fallen law enforcement heroes added to the Memorial year in 2015.

On May 14th, C.O.P.S. hosted a conference for all survivors, where they were able to find support from other survivors that lost their hero in similar circumstances.  Agency heads were able to receive resources to better prepare themselves for a line of duty death and what support their departments can receive after the loss of an officer.  Children were able to go to a camp that provided activities to honor their fallen father, mother or sibling and included a visit to the F.B.I. Academy.  C.O.P.S. offered support to 900 survivors more than any other year in during National Police Week in 2015.

The National Peace Officers' Memorial Service took place on May 15th on the Senate Lawn, where country singer Eric Church performed and President Barack Obama was the keynote speaker.  A roll call took place for the 273 officers the nation lost in 2014, where after each name was called survivors placed a single rose in the memorial wreath.  The wreath was later escorted to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall and protected by honor guards from all over the world. View CSPAN’s coverage of the National Peace Officers’ Memorial here.

National Police Week concluded with the second day of the Concerns of Police Survivors conference and their annual “Picnic on the Patio”. 

C.O.P.S. Arizona would like to commend all the survivors that volunteered during National Police Week, including those involved in support services. 

About National Police Week: In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.  The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation's Capital each year.

National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees. The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world. This provides a unique opportunity to meet others that share a common brotherhood.

Photos from National Police Week can be found on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/COPSArizona

42nd Annual Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Service

Flags flew at half-staff on Monday May 4, 2015 in observance of Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Day.  Before the 42nd Annual Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Service began, survivors gathered for a reception.  A “Table of Honor” was set to honor the officers who could not be at the event. 

A precession brought the survivors over to the memorial.  A multi-agency Honor Guard presented colors and invocation was given by Chaplain Ed Eddingfield from the Arizona Department of Public Safety.  The National Anthem was sung by Phoenix Police Sergeant and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) volunteer Vincent Lewis.  Arizona Highway Patrol Association President and Peace Officer Memorial Board member Sergeant Jimmy Chavez welcomed everyone and introduced the speakers.  Governor Doug Ducey, the son of a police officer, expressed gratitude to law enforcement and condolences to all the police survivors.  Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich spoke of his support for the state memorial and acknowledged the dangers law enforcement face every day.

Arizona Department of Public Safety Captain Jaime Escobedo remembered his brother, fallen Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife Officer Esteven Ortiz Escobedo.  His family lost their hero on January 4, 1994 when Officer Escobedo was killed when the helicopter he was riding in crashed after striking power lines.  Captain Escobedo spoke of the loss and grief his family experienced and the support they received from colleagues and the community. It was a solemn reminder to all survivors that the law enforcement community will never forget a fallen officer.

Arizona Department of Public Safety Colonel Frank Milstead led the roll call of the Arizona officers the state lost in 2014.  Officers honored at the 2015 ceremony:

Detective John Hobbs
Phoenix Police Department
End of Watch March 3, 2014

Sergeant Brandon Mendoza
Mesa Police Department
End of Watch May 12, 2014

Officer Jair Cabrera
Salt River Police Department
End of Watch May 25, 2014

Agent Alexander Giannini
US Border Patrol
End of Watch May 28, 2014

Officer Bryant Holmes
Chandler Police Department
End of Watch October 28, 2014

Officer David Payne
Chandler Police Department
End of Watch October 31, 2014

Officer Ernesto Montoya
Navajo Department of Public Safety
End of Watch November 30, 2014

Officer Tyler Stewart
Flagstaff Police Department
End of Watch December 27, 2014

Tara Williams, Deanna D’Arcangelo and Amanda D’Arcangelo provided a special reading to honor their brother, Flagstaff Officer Tyler Stewart.  The three sisters were followed by the traditional 21- Gun Salute, Echo taps, Amazing Grace, a helicopter fly-over and Last Call.  Retired Arizona Department of Public Safety Detectives Andy Swann and Wes Ellington performed an original song dedicated to all fallen officers entitled We will Never Forget.  Survivors turned on electronic blue lights acknowledging the officers Arizona has lost.  The Retirement of Colors and Benediction concluded the ceremony.

Every year, on the first Monday in May, the Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board honors the officers that have made the ultimate sacrifice and their families.   Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), Arizona is proud to be a sponsor of this yearly event.

Photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/COPSArizona

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