Honoring Our Fallen, Supporting Their Survivors

Mission Statement:

Rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths, through partnerships with law enforcement and the community.

Washington State has lost more than 350 officers in the line of duty since it became a state.

Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal criteria.

WAStateC.O.P.S. is one of over 50 chapters of Concerns of Police Survivors, founded in 1984. Our chapter was chartered in 1996 and serves survivors living in Washington State who have lost an officer in the line of duty, no matter where their officer made the ultimate sacrifice.

C.O.P.S. ministers to survivors’ needs by extending a helping hand to stabilize their emotional well-being, as others suffering the same loss can be of service to new survivors during their periods of helplessness.

Funding from outside sources enables WAStateC.O.P.S. to offer survivors professional help through meetings, training for those survivors who are ready to actively support new survivors, family workshops, and training to police departments on how to handle a line-of-duty death. Unfortunately, many departments have no protocol on what to do when the tragedy of an officer’s death strikes. In these instances, it is harder for the agency to help the surviving families and affected co-workers get through what could be the most difficult crisis of their lives.

Our chapter of C.O.P.S. is entirely volunteer-driven; we have NO paid staff. As survivors of law enforcement line of duty death, our mission is to assist those who come after us learn to live, laugh and love again.

There is no membership fee to join C.O.P.S., for the price paid is already too high.

For more information on how to help our state’s survivors of Law Enforcement line of duty death, contact us at Info@WashingtonStateCops.Org

Who is a Survivor?

A family member or co-worker of a law enforcement officer who died in the line of duty.  Line-of-duty deaths include felonious, accidental, medical/illness, and suicide (in accordance with the Public Safety Officer Support Act of 2022.)

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) – our parent non-profit

Each year, between 140 and 160 officers die in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope.  C.O.P.S. provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives. 

C.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members.  Today, C.O.P.S. membership is over 80,000 survivors.  Survivors include spouses, kids, adult children, parents, siblings, fiancés, significant others, extended family (aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren, grandparents, and in-laws), co-workers, and suicide survivors (as determined by the Public Safety Officer Support Act of 2022) of officers who have died in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria.  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.  C.O.P.S. has over 50 chapters nationwide that work with survivors at the grass-roots level.

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 Adventure for young adults, special retreats for spouses, parents, siblings, adult children, extended family, and co-workers; trial 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.