To provide resources to assist in the rebuilding of lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. 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.
We are committed to honoring the fallen by rebuilding, educating, and supporting law enforcement survivors and agencies with excellence, integrity, and compassion.
History of National C.O.P.S./Today/Local Chapters:
On May 14, 1983, on the eve of the second annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, ten young widows gathered around a table and talked about the tragedies that had fallen on their families that year and truly shattered their lives. Each and every widow had suffered the loss of their law enforcement spouse in the line of duty.
After hours of sharing their burden of grief and their tales of abandonment by the law enforcement agency, a young widow from Eau Claire, WI, Lynn Bolton (now BeBeau) approached Suzie Sawyer, then FOP Auxiliary National Secretary and Memorial Service Coordinator, and stated, “This is the greatest thang that has happened to me in the past year. I have finally found people who understand what I am having to deal with. Next year couldn’t we have a seminar?” Suzie Sawyer replied, “And what would we talk about — death?” “Yes,” the young widow replied. “Somebody needs to talk about death in law enforcement!”
On May 14, 1984, Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., was officially organized. On that date, 110 law enforcement survivors from across the country gathered for the first annual National Police Survivors’ Seminar held in Washington, DC. On this date, the survivors voted unanimously to organize C.O.P.S. as a totally separate entity from any police organization so the needs of any law enforcement surviving family could be met regardless of what police political affiliation the officer had with various police labor organizations.
C.O.P.S. membership is over 47,000survivors. Each year, between 140 and 160 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. provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives. There is no membership fee to join C.O.P.S., for the price paid is already too high.
Survivors include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, extended family and affected co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty. C.O.P.S. is governed by a National Board of law enforcement survivors. All programs and services are administered by the National Office in Camdenton, Missouri.
National C.O.P.S. programs for survivors include the National Police Survivors’ Conference held each May during National Police Week, scholarships, peer-support at the national, state, and local levels, “C.O.P.S. Kids” counseling reimbursement program, the “C.O.P.S. Kids” Summer Camp, “C.O.P.S. Teens” outward Bound experience for young adults, special retreats for spouses, parents, siblings, adult children, extended family, and co-workers, trail and parole support, and other assistance programs.
C.O.P.S. knows that a survivor’s level of distress is directly affected by the agency’s response to the tragedy. C.O.P.S., therefore, offers training and assistance to law enforcement agencies nationwide on how to respond to the tragic loss of a member of the law enforcement profession. C.O.P.S. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. C.O.P.S. programs and services are funded by grants and donations.
Local C.O.P.S. Chapters
are nationwide and wok with survivors at the grass-roots level. All chapters are governed by and follow the by-laws established by National C.O.P.S. in addition to chapter bylaws. C.O.P.S. Arizona Chapter was re-established in 1999.
C.O.P.S. AZ is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
C.O.P.S. AZ does not solicit donations by telephone!