Traumas of Law Enforcement Trainings

Trainings provided by C.O.P.S. can be as brief as a four-hour in-service training to as in-depth as a three-day session.

The Traumas of Law Enforcement

Concerns of Police Survivors has presented on average, 8 segments of the “Traumas of Law Enforcement” at various locations across the country.  This 3-day training has usually been funded through grants from the Department of Justice except for 2008 and 2009 due to reductions in grant amounts.  This training dedicates 1-day to preparing and handling line-of-duty death, 1-day to the cumulative stress on an officer, ½ day to police suicide, and ½ day to the “traumatized officer”.

C.O.P.S. has presented this training to over 10,000 individuals from law enforcement community.


2015 trainings will consist of 8 segments held in the months of January thru June.

2015 Traumas of Law Enforcement training will be held in the following locations:

  • January 12-14, 2015
    Metro Dade Florida

  • TBD
    Long Beach , California

  • February 23-25, 2015
    Cedar Hill Texas (Metro Plex area)

  • March 9-11, 2015
    Arlington, Virginia

  • March 23-25, 2015
    Anchorage, Alaska

  • April 13-15, 2015
    Memphis, Tennessee

  • April 27-29, 2015
    Billings, Montana

  • June 1-3, 2015
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Online Registration will be available soon!

For questions, please contact:
Rachael Featherson
Training Coordinator


Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. wants every agency to be prepared to handle the trauma of law enforcement death. 

C.O.P.S.' four-hour training covers such topics as:

  • Myths vs. facts about coping with the loss of a law enforcement officer.

  • Support issues for the surviving family, the agency, agency personnel and their families.

  • Being prepared with a General Orders for line-of-duty death.

  • Regular updating of family information and beneficiary cards.

  • Discussion of state/local benefits.

  • Organizing financial matters.

  • Officer safety issues.

  • Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

  • Psychological/critical incident stress debriefing teams to address the needs of effected co-workers and co-workers' families.

  • Spouse seminars and employee assistance programs.

  • The survivors' perspective.


Geared toward officers who deal with the survivors, C.O.P.S.' all-day session includes the topics in the 4 hour in-service training, as well as:

  • Death notification: injury vs. critical injury vs. death.

  • Assisting the family at the hospital.

  • Support for the family during the wake and funeral.

  • Cultural differences that influence law enforcement funerals.

  • Providing information and assistance on benefits to the surviving family.

  • Continued follow-up with the family.

  • Department support for the surviving family awaiting trial.

  • National Police Week activities.

  • Individual officer/family issues the agency should address.