C.O.P.S. will host the 1st Annual National Conference on Officer Wellness and Trauma from November 13-15, 2015 in Grapevine (Dallas), Texas. We recognize that every law enforcement officer is subjected to crisis and tragedy as part of their job. Officers see the most unthinkable acts of criminal behavior in our society, but are we doing a good job of helping these officers navigate these events over the course of a twenty to thirty year career?
This 3-day conference will offer law enforcement officers the opportunity to hear from national experts and licensed mental health professionals in the field. The conference will also give officers time to network with others and gain a better sense of how agencies around the country are handling law enforcement wellness and trauma.
Sample of Topics to Include
Peer Support Programs
Social Media During a Crisis
Police Chaplain Programs
Law Enforcement Officer Benefits
Creating Healthy Relationships
Abusive Coping Mechanisms
Officer Fitness and Nutrition
Managing Cumulative Stress
Negativity and Intense Scrutiny
Preparing for a Line of Duty Death
Click on box above to download the Conference Packet with information on the conference location, registration fees, sponsorship opportunities and how to become a vendor. Click on the box above to register online. Contact C.O.P.S. at 573-346-4911 with any questions.
Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
C.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members. Today C.O.P.S. membership is over 30,000 families. Members include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and affected co-workers of officers killed 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 experience for young adults, special retreats for spouses, parents, siblings, adult children, in-laws, 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. 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. Law Enforcement agencies and organizations who support C.O.P.S. at the $250 level or above will be identified as “Partners in Law Enforcement” with C.O.P.S. and will be included on a “Partners” banner that will be displayed at National Police Week.