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.