Survivor Information

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 Peer Support

Through our 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.  Quarterly newsletters provide messages of hope and encouragement and share stories of survivors' accomplishments since the death of the officer.  

C.O.P.S. also 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.  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 away!  Survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria, regardless of the date of death, are encouraged to contact C.O.P.S. for more information.


C.O.P.S. Printed Materials

C.O.P.S. publishes a quarterly newsletter focusing on the special concerns of law enforcement surviving families.  This newsletter is mailed to over 22,000 contacts nationwide.  Twice yearly C.O.P.S. publishes a newsletter focusing on items of interest to law enforcement.  This newsletter is mailed to over 37,000 contacts nationwide.  C.O.P.S. has also developed a 16-page handbook, Support Services to Surviving Families of Line-of-Duty Death, to help public safety agencies meet the support needs of the surviving families following a line-of-duty death.

Better Not Bitter is a 113-page paperback book telling the story of Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.


Support Services to Surviving Families - to assist agencies with handling an officer death.

"In Person, In Time" - Procedures for Death Notification.

Model Line-of-Duty Death Manual - Reprinted with permission of the Metro Transit Police Department, Washington, DC.

Model Line-of-Duty Death Policy - Reprinted with permission of the Norman, OK, Police Department.

Research in Brief - Survivors responses & departmental policies.

How May We Assist Your Agency?

Oklahoma State University Study - Post traumatic Growth in Survivors of Police Officer Line-of-Duty Death Research Report.

Your Personal/Financial Diary - An aid for organizing your affairs for your family.

"Guide To Survival" -  For family and friends of homicide victims.

PSOB Beneficiaries Designation Form


The Quick Series Guides for Agencies on Handling Line-of-Duty Deaths and Survivor's Guide to Coping with Line-of-Duty Death are now available to order online!
These guides are no cost to you. Maximum amounts for departments requesting these are 10 per department. C.O.P.S. chapter representatives are limited to 50 Quick Series for Agencies on Handling Line-of-Duty Deaths and 25 for the Survivor's Guide to Coping with Line-of-Duty Death. For questions, please contact that National Office at (573) 346-4911.

Call 573-346-4911 to place your order or order online!