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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 includes over 300 families –  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 end of year Holiday Party, bringing surviving family members and co-workers together to uplift and support each other.

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

C.O.P.S. Arizona is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our programs and services are funded by private donations and supporters’ purchases of our state license plate, Families of Fallen Police Officers.

OUR LATEST EVENTS

COPS AZ Blood Drive Fall 2022

COPS AZ Blood Drive Fall 2022

Location:
MCSO Training Center – Classroom A
2627 S 35th Ave – Phoenix

Time:
8:00am – 12:00pm

Contact Beth Coleman at (602) 510-3519,
Jim Warriner at (602) 448-7600 or visit
www.donors.vitalant.org

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9th Annual AZDPS Memorial 5K

9th Annual AZDPS Memorial 5K

2022 marks the 9th Annual AZ DPS Memorial 5K and consists of LIVE and VIRTUAL events! The LIVE event will be hosted at Gene C. Reid Park in Tucson, Arizona on Sunday, September 25, 2022. Those wishing to participate throughout Arizona and the United States can also sign up for the VIRTUAL event and complete the 5k at your own convenience between Sunday, September 25, 2022, and Sunday, October 2, 2022. The race committee is committed to continuing the tradition of honoring our fallen AZ DPS Troopers and looks forward to your participation.

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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

Adult Childrens Retreat

Adult Children's Retreat

At this retreat, you will meet other adult children of law enforcement officers who can offer peer support because they truly understand what you’re going through.  Licensed mental health professionals will offer group counseling  sessions planned specifically for your needs. They will also provide any one-on-one counseling as requested.

Kid's Camp

Kids Camp

Young children who lose a parent do not always have a safe, comfortable place to share their struggles with their peers. C.O.P.S. Kids Camp offers them that opportunity through age-appropriate grief counseling sessions with licensed mental health professionals.

Young Adults Camp

Young Adults Camp

At C.O.P.S. Young Adults Camp, campers will be roomed in cabins with other attendees their age. This will encourage them to bond with peers who can truly relate and understand what they are going through.

Co-Workers Retreat

Co-Workers Retreat

C.O.P.S. Co-Workers Retreat is designed for surviving co-workers to receive support from other law enforcement officers who have experienced a line-of-duty death.  You will get the chance to discuss any challenges you may be facing, whether these challenges relate to your loss or your current work environment.

Co-Workers for couples retreat

Co-Workers for Couples Retreat

C.O.P.S. Co-Workers for Couples Retreat will give couples the opportunity to discuss their grief and gain a better understanding of what each person is going through.  Many times, surviving co-workers have a difficult time explaining their feelings to family and friends after losing a fellow law enforcement officer.

Extended Family Retreat

Extended Family Retreat

C.O.P.S. Extended Family Retreat is designed to help participants address their own grief and meet peers who understand.  It provides a stress-free environment, where attendees can unwind and enjoy indoor and outdoor activities.  While at the retreat, participants can meet licensed mental health professionals for group sessions and private one-on-one counseling.

Fiances and Significant others retreat

Fiancés and Significant Others Retreat

Surviving Fiancés, Significant Others, and Life Partners have to cope with the fact that the plans they made for the future have drastically changed with the loss of their officer. They frequently struggle with the missed opportunities they face throughout their grief journey. 

outward bound adventure

Outward Bound Adventure

Outward Bound is an adventure-based program designed to inspire character development, self-discovery, compassion for others, and to actively engage in creating a better world.  The goal of this C.O.P.S. program is to challenge surviving children to overcome the obstacles and use the principles they learn in their daily lives after losing their parent to a line-of-duty death.

parents retreat

Parents Retreat

Losing a child can be the most devastating thing for a parent to experience, especially in a sudden and traumatic death.  After the loss of their child, surviving parents are left to cope with their own grief while still trying to support other family members. At the C.O.P.S. Parents Retreat, you will also be surrounded by other parents who can understand the gravity of your loss.

siblings retreat

Siblings Retreat

Surviving siblings often put aside their own grief to help the surviving parents, spouses, and children of their fallen brother or sister. At the C.O.P.S. Siblings Retreat, siblings will have the opportunity to express themselves with peers who know how they feel.

spouses retreat

Spouses Retreat

After losing their spouse to a line-of-duty death, surviving spouses are faced with altered life plans and learning to live alone.  At the C.O.P.S. Spouses Retreat, you will spend the weekend bonding and receiving support from other peers who genuinely understand how you feel.

spouses for couples retreat

Spouses for Couples Retreat

For a surviving spouse, beginning a new relationship and allowing yourself to love again can be difficult.  When you do find love again, that person may have difficulty supporting you in your grief while living in what may feel like the shadow of a hero.

C.O.P.S. Spouses for Couples Retreat gives couples a safe, comfortable place to recognize each other’s struggles.

Our Programs

For more than three decades, C.O.P.S. Arizona 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, at C.O.P.S. Arizona our objective is to support each survivor in their journey to recovery.

Our C.O.P.S. family 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, fiancé 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. Arizona provides retreats specifically formatted to support the survivors as they learn to cope.

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.

Our Board

Jim Warriner

Jim Warriner

President

Surviving Co-Worker of
Trooper Ed Rebel

Arizona Dept. of Public Safety

EOW 6/28/1988

Cathy Hobbs

Cathy Hobbs

Vice President

Surviving Spouse of
Detective John Hobbs

Phoenix Police Department

EOW 3/3/2014

Beth Coleman

Beth Coleman

Secretary

Surviving Spouse of
Bill Coleman

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

EOW 1/8/2012

Tammy Lazinsky

Tammy Lazinsky

Treasurer

Surviving Spouse of
Paul Lazinsky

El Mirage Police Department

EOW 12/12/2017

Ana Tirado

Ana Tirado

VP of Trustees and Volunteers

Surviving Spouse of
Rolando Tirado

Buckeye Police Department

EOW 05/01/11

Larry Hall

Larry Hall

Law Enforcement Liaison VP

Surviving Co-worker of
Rolando Tirado

Buckeye Police Dept.

EOW 05/01/11

Marie Dryer

Marie Dryer

Immediate Past President

Former Spouse & Co-Worker of

Reserve Sgt. Mark M. Dryer

Arizona Dept. of Public Safety

EOW 7/3/1993

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