Washington State Patrol Trooper Justin Schaffer, EOW 03/24/2020

WAStateC.O.P.S. regrets to inform you of a line of duty loss. From the Washington State Patrol comes this tragic news:

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Trooper Justin R. Schaffer #646, who died in the line of duty. Not only is this a time of enormous grief for our agency, but for his family and the community whom he served.

Justin passed away March 24, 2020, at the age of 28 after serving 7 years with the State Patrol. Justin was fatally struck by a vehicle when placing spike strips down on Interstate 5 in Chehalis. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, his mother and father Sheila and Glenn and his brother Brandon, and his K9 partner Frankie.

Our hearts go out to this grieving family and we recognize the unique sacrifice this family has offered as Justin’s father, Glenn is currently the Chief of Police in the city of Chehalis.

Justin was born on January 30, 1992, in Glenwood Springs, CO. He graduated from Adna High School in Adna, Washington. Justin received a degree in Criminal Justice from Centralia College.

He began working for the Washington State Patrol on November 12, 2013, as a Trooper Cadet assigned to the Property Management Division.
On January 13, 2014, Justin started his training with the 27th Arming Class. On February 14, 2014, Justin continued his training with the 103rd Trooper Basic Training Class and was commissioned on September 16, 2014, assigned to Morton. On September 1, 2016, Justin was assigned as a certified Drug Recognition Expert. On November 10, 2018, Justin completed K9 training and was a certified K9 handler to his partner “Frankie.” On December 13, 2018, Justin transferred to Chehalis.

A memorial service is pending. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, the Washington State Patrol will work with the family and consider how to best move forward in honoring our lost Trooper appropriately. We will make that information available to the public in the days to come.


WAStateC.O.P.S. Spring Chapter Meeting – CANCELLED


National Police Week 2020 – CANCELLED

Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, the 3 major organizations who plan NPW events have reluctantly come to the conclusion that in-person activities during National Police Week 2020 must be cancelled. However, our fallen heroes will be honored.
The NLEOMF (National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund) will hold a Virtual Candlelight Vigil on May 13, and we will provide details once they are announced.
National FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) is planning a meaningful tribute on May 15 in lieu of the ceremony that traditionally occurs on the grounds of the US Capitol. We will provide details once they are announced.
Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) will not be hosting its annual Police Week Survivors’ conference on May 14th and 16th, but at this point, all retreats remain scheduled.
Please refer to this site; we will post updates as we receive them.

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Washington State Concerns of Police Survivors (WAStateC.O.P.S.) is one of over 50 chapters of Concerns  of Police Survivors.

National C.O.P.S. was founded in 1984, with our chapter incorporated in 1996.

C.O.P.S. chapters exist so survivors can offer and receive support from one another. Chapters fundraise in order to financially assist survivors to attend their retreats and the Survivors conference at National Police Week.

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