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.
2014 Holiday Ornament NOW AVAILABLE
(This year, if you purchase an ornament by December 5, 2014, it can be mailed directly to you before Christmas.)
This year’s design was inspired by 11-year-old Karlee Burdette, surviving daughter of Anderson County (SC) Master Sheriff’s Deputy James “Alex” Burdette, EOW 3/12/2005. Karlee participated in the ornament design contest presented to the entire C.O.P.S. membership for children ages 6-14. Congratulations Karlee! Thank you for your great design for the 2014 C.O.P.S. Christmas ornament!
With a contribution of $100 or more, an ornament engraved with your officer’s name and End of Watch will be placed on the C.O.P.S. Christmas Tree. After Christmas, the ornament will be mailed to you. To get your ornament, please contact Satoko Nevins at Satoko_nevins@nationalcops.org or call (573) 346-4911. The following information is requested: Officer’s name, End of Watch, relationship to officer, your name and contact information.