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40th Annual National FOP Peace Officer's Memorial Service

A Message from National President Patrick Yoes

A burning question on everyone’s mind – “will the 40th Annual National Fraternal Order of Police Peace Officers Memorial Services take place this May 15th at the US Capitol?”. The official answer is… “well, it’s complicated”.

Here is what we know so far:

The NFOP Auxiliary and Memorial Committee are committed to having this service and are actively planning. After last year’s cancellation due to COVID and with the ever-increasing toll that COVID has had on our members, this year’s event will honor over 500 fallen officers. A letter was sent to the Unites States House of Representatives and United States Senate seeking a joint resolution allowing us to host this event on the West front lawn of the Capitol. That request is under consideration.

Recognizing that COVID safety concerns are still in place, this year we have the added concern of site security on the Capitol grounds. As a result, this year’s congressional resolution request is narrowly focused. Instead of our typical service with 25,000 attendees, our proposal recommends a modified service of 2,500 attendees comprised of survivor families only on the Capitol grounds. Should the resolution be granted we will stream video of the service to a nearby alternate location where additional visitors participating in Police Week activities can watch the services.

The FOP is in close contact with COPS, NLEOMF and other stake holders that make up the events of Police Week. Together we are navigating through this time of uncertainty. Stay tuned to the FOP App and the NFOP social media sites for updates.

OUR

MISSION

Rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths.

Who We Are

Each year, between one and six Arizona law enforcement officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. C.O.P.S. Arizona provides resources to help survivors rebuild their shattered lives.

Membership

Our membership is over 300 families – it includes spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty according to federal government criteria.

There is no membership fee to join – the price you’ve paid is already too high.

How We can help

We provide a police week orientation for new surviving family members and co-workers, peer-support, and trial and parole support. We also host annual social events like our Summer Picnic and end of year Holiday Party, bringing surviving family members and co-workers together for an enjoyable and fun time.

law enforcement agency training

We know a survivor’s level of distress is directly affected by the agency’s response to the tragedy. We offer training and assistance to law enforcement agencies on how to respond to the tragic loss of a member of the law enforcement profession.

501(c)(3) non-profit organization

We are an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our programs and services are funded by private donations and supporter’s purchase of our state license plate, Families of Fallen Police Officers.

OUR LATEST EVENTS

17th Annual AZ Fallen Officer Memorial 5K

17th Annual AZ Fallen Officer Memorial 5K

Apr 25 – May 1, 2021 (Virtual)

The 17th Annual Arizona Fallen Officer Memorial 5k takes place on Sunday April 25 through midnight on May 1, 2021. This fundraiser benefits the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), Arizona Chapter. Proceeds from the event help rebuild the lives of survivors and co-workers affected by a line of duty death.

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Blue Blood Drive 2021

Blue Blood Drive 2021

January 8, 2021

Online registration for Blue Blood Drive is now open!

Location:
ADOT Human Resources
Training Center.*

Grand Canyon Rooms
1130 N. 22nd Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85009

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Each year, between one and six Arizona law enforcement officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. C.O.P.S. Arizona provides resources to help survivors rebuild their shattered lives.

OUR

VISION

Our Programs

For more than three decades, C.O.P.S. has provided comprehensive Hands-On Programs that cater to more than 54,000 survivors and their families over 50 chapters nationwide. Whether it is offering grief counseling to participants or providing peer support and additional resources, C.O.P.S.’ objective is to support each survivor in their journey to recovery.

C.O.P.S. knows that in the wake of a line-of-duty death, many lives are affected. Whether you are the spouse or child of an officer, a parent or sibling, an aunt or uncle, cousin, in-law, grandchild, fiance or significant other, or even a co-worker, there is an inherent need for a safe space to grieve and to process the feelings and memories surrounding that loved one. Our programs are designed to allow participants to do just that. With twelve Hands-On Programs, C.O.P.S. provides retreats specifically formatted to support the survivors as they learn to cope.

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Our Board

Jim Warriner, President
Surviving Co-Worker of Trooper Ed Rebel
Arizona Department of Public Safety | EOW 6/28/1988

I first learned of the Concerns of Police Survivors and what they stood for and how they cared for all the survivors of fallen officers, it was a group I wanted to be part of. My first introduction to COPS was with Lt. Mark Brown, when he took me back to police week in May of 1995. As I attended the co-worker seminars, I found this to be very healing, beneficial and something I wanted everyone who had lost an officer to experience. The very next year Lt. Brown got me involved as a support services member during police week and I have been helping in that area since 1996.

I want to be able the continue to help and be a part of the COPS organization to see that no one has to go through the loss of an officer in the line of duty alone. This led to me being asked by the agency, along with Lt. Mark Brown, to form AZ DPS’s EAP and CISM program, and eventually going on to obtain my Master’s in Counseling through Arizona State University.

Cathy Hobbs, Vice President
Surviving Spouse of Detective John Hobbs
Phoenix Police | EOW 3/3/2014

My first interaction with COPS Arizona was the National Police Week Orientation in early 2015 before we honored my late husband, Det. John Hobbs, in Washington, D.C. Since then, my children and I have attended COPS programs annually and will continue to do so! I joined the Arizona board in 2018 as a way to support new survivors and give back to an organization that has done so much for me and my kids.

Tiffany Cortez, Secretary
Surviving spouse of Officer George Cortez
Phoenix Police | EOW 7/27/2007

I learned of the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) after I lost my husband, Phoenix Police Officer George Cortez Jr, to a line of duty death in July 2007. In 2008 my 2 boys and I went back to National Police Week in Washington, D.C., where his sacrifice as well as countless others were honored. The love and support we received was unmeasurable. I felt a strong bond with the organization and went to the spouses retreat that same year. I began getting involved with COPS in 2013 as a volunteer and trustee. I wanted to give back to the organization that gave so much to me and others in our time of need. I made the decision to become a board member in 2020 to further assist this organization so near and dear to my heart. My favorite part about COPS is sharing what I have learned by helping support new survivors and being there for them in their time of need.

Ana Tirado, Treasurer
Surviving Spouse of Rolando Tirado
Buckeye Police Dept. | EOW 05/01/11

I experienced the support that C.O.P.S Arizona provides survivors, firsthand, after my husband, Rolando Tirado was killed in the line of duty on May 1, 2011. This organization has been an instrumental part of my family’s ongoing healing journey. After attending National Police Week, I knew I had to get involved with this life changing organization and give back, providing ongoing support to other survivors. I started volunteering and became a board member with C.O.P.S Arizona in 2014 as Secretary and transitioned to my current role as Treasurer in 2018. I have had the opportunity to attend National Police Week, Survivor retreats, national conferences as well as numerous events which have not only allowed me the opportunity to give back but continue to grow in my journey through the insurmountable guidance, understanding and compassion our organization has offered me and my family personally.

Beth Coleman, VP of Trustees & Volunteers
Surviving Spouse of Bill Coleman
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office | EOW 1/8/2012

I was first introduced to C.O.P.S during an embrace from another surviving spouse at my husband’s funeral in January of 2012. She introduced herself as a C.O.P.S. member and it was an instant connection. Nine months later I was a grieving, solo mom of two young children feeling lost. I attended my first C.O.P.S. Spouses Retreat and met the support and healing I needed to survive through our experience. We, as a family, have been involved in C.O.P.S programs since then including Kids Camp and attending National Police Week in Washington D.C. where my husband, Deputy Bill Coleman was honored. As members of C.O.P.S we have received support, healing and made lifelong connections. I joined the board this year to continue to grow and support these connections among our Arizona families.

Chief Larry Hall, VP of Agency Liaison
Surviving Co-worker of Rolando Tirado
Buckeye Police Dept. | EOW 05/01/11

Larry Hall is currently Police Chief for the City of Buckeye in Arizona and has served in Law Enforcement for 30 years. He is the surviving co-worker of Rolando Tirado, EOW 05/01/2011. Chief Hall became involved with COPS-Arizona after the loss of Officer Tirado and served in the role of Trustee for several years. Chief Hall and the Buckeye Police Department has supported COPS WALK Southwest over the past 2 years and continues to partner with COPS-Arizona through various fundraising efforts to include No Shave November; an event where officers donate to COPS and wear beards in the months of November and December. Chief Hall was appointed to the COPS-Arizona Board as Agency Liaison in 2020.

Marie Dryer, Immediate Past-President
Surviving Spouse of Reserve Sgt. Mark M. Dryer
Arizona Department of Public Safety | EOW 7/3/1993

As a Sergeant with the department I worked for, and a member of our Peer Support and Critical Incident Support Management (CISM) team, I knew about the national organization called C.O.P.S. However, it was not until my former husband, Sergeant Mark Dryer was killed in the line of duty on July 3, 1993 that I learned what C.O.P.S. can do to support survivors. When I arrived in Washington D.C. in 1994 for National Police Week, my family and I were greeted warmly by C.O.P.S. members; I could feel genuine, unquestionable love and concern for us as survivors. The breakout sessions were helpful to me, as I learned that others had also experienced issues with their agencies, and many of us were dealing with different “family drama.” My children had a great time with the kid’s program and made friends. When I was flying home from my week in D.C., I was both mentally and physically drained but I decided then I wanted to help survivors as I had been, and I became involved with the Arizona chapter.

Survivor Benefits

 

Benefits can be found on the Public Safety Officer Benefits (PSOB) website at www.psob.gov.

You can also reach them by phone at (888) 744-6513.

 

Arizona chapter members have received training to assist you in completing paperwork. Please contact president@copsarizona.org for further assistance.

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