Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) has become a “lifeline” to law enforcement survivors nationwide. C.O.P.S. contributes to the emotional and psychological well-being of the surviving family – the most hauntingly difficult aspect of the aftermath of sudden, tragic, often violent, line-of-duty death.
National Concerns of Police Survivors was founded in 1984, with our Washington State (WAStateC.O.P.S) chapter incorporated in 1996.
Through our volunteer National Board, local Chapters, and national network of survivors, C.O.P.S. is able to contact a newly-bereaved surviving family – sometimes within just days of the death. It helps the new survivors to see people who have survived the devastation, thus providing a sense of hope. The C.O.P.S. National Office contacts each surviving family at least six times a year. Newsletters provide messages of hope and encouragement and share stories of survivors’ accomplishments since the death of the officer.
WAStateC.O.P.S. is served by a volunteer board, as are all C.O.P.S. chapters. WAStateC.O.P.S. also publishes newsletters for survivors and supporters, at times including articles from survivors about their experiences at their retreats. To receive our chapter newsletter, please contact us at Info@WashingtonStateCops.Org
National C.O.P.S. sends a remembrance card to each survivor during the anniversary month of the officer’s death. Too often survivors are reluctant to share their feelings of grief because they don’t want to be a “burden” to their friends and neighbors. This card lets them know that others remember their officer and the sacrifice he or she made.
WAStateC.O.P.S. sends remembrance and holiday cards to survivors, reminding them that they and their officers are not forgotten. These cards and notes are sent with care by volunteers.
The holiday season can be especially difficult for survivors. C.O.P.S. lets survivors know that it is okay to feel happy or sad, to continue holiday traditions or to start new traditions, to celebrate or not celebrate. Survivors know that when they need it, support is just a phone call or text away!
Survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria, regardless of the date of death or where their officer died, are encouraged to contact WAStateC.O.P.S. for more information.
There is a sister organization to C.O.P.S., Survivors of Blue Suicide, providing support for survivors of law enforcement suicide. Our chapter’s suicide liaison, Julie Zielinski, can assist with suicide issues.