WELCOME....to the home of the
Washington, DC Chapter of Concerns
of Police Survivors (DC-C.O.P.S.)
The Washington, DC Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, as determined by Federal government criteria. Furthermore, C.O.P.S. provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors. All our Board members are survivors who volunteer for the organization. There is NO paid staff.
It is important for survivors to attend community, state level, and national memorials so they can experience the honor and the tribute being paid to their loved ones.
Please join us for a meeting, an activity or an event… we’d love to have you!
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Police Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Each year our nation loses between 140-160 law enforcement officers in the line of duty. During National Police Week our nation honors the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement officers.
Trauma of Law Enforcement Training is coming to Fairfax, VA in February 2020!
Dates: February 3 – 5, 2020
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Fairfax, VA
Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) offers free training to law enforcement personnel, peer support and EAP personnel, chaplains, survivors and law enforcement spouses on issues related to line-of-duty trauma. Over three days, instructors provide valuable information and resources regarding line-of-duty death, disability, critical incidents, on-the-job stressors, and police suicide. Some topics covered are:
- How an agency’s response to tragedy directly affects the level of distress of their officers and surviving family members.
- How an individual officer’s pre-planning may directly affect the public safety officer benefit their family may receive in the event of their line-of-duty death.
- How an officer can successfully navigate the cumulative stress caused by experiencing critical incidents throughout a law enforcement career and how their agency can assist.
- The warning signs and symptoms of police suicide.
- Federal safety officer benefits and individual state benefits available to officers.
For more information, visit the C.O.P.S. website at https://www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org/
REGISTER as soon as possible: https://www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org/tleregistration
The registration deadline is January 10, 2020, but there is limited seating and it will fill up quickly due to the popularity of this training and the number of LEOs in our area.
Pre-registration is required.
The training is offered free of charge. Participants are responsible for their own travel costs and meals.
The Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax is $149.00 plus 12% tax per night should you want to stay onsite.
“Fly the Blue” Campaign
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.), a national non-profit organization headquartered in Camdenton, MO, kicked off its “Fly the Blue” campaign in preparation for National Police Week 2009.
With the signing of Public Law 87-726 in October 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 of each year as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day “in honor of the Federal, State, and municipal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty During National Police Week (the calendar week that includes May 15), C.O.P.S. encourages the display of blue ribbons on car antennas. C.O.P.S. distributes over 1,000,000 blue ribbons for National Police Week. Law enforcement personnel are encouraged to tie blue ribbons to cruiser antennas. Citizens are encouraged to tie blue ribbons to their car antennas. These blue ribbons are a reminder of law enforcement personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice and in honor of those men and women who serve their communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year in and year out. Any strip of royal blue ribbon will work.
Project Blue Light
Project Blue Light is a simple gesture. The color blue is symbolic of peace. C.O.P.S. is encouraging law enforcement families, friends, and law enforcement agencies to decorate in blue lights not just during the holiday season but every day of the year. By placing one blue light in a window of your home, you’ll be showing your support for those officers who have made the supreme sacrifice and honoring those officers who continue to work the violent streets of our nation.
The Project Blue Light began during the holiday season in 1988 when Mrs. Dolly Craig of Philadelphia, PA wrote to C.O.P.S. that she would be putting two blue candles in her living room that holiday season. One was for her son-in-law, Daniel Gleason, who had been killed in the line of duty on June 5, 1986, while serving the Philadelphia (PA) Police Department, and the other one was for her daughter and Danny’s wife, Pam, who was killed in an automobile accident in August 1988. Danny and Pam had six children. Dolly Craig is now deceased as well, but the idea is her legacy. Project Blue Light now burns bright in the hearts of many of the nearly 15,000 surviving families of America’s fallen law enforcement officers during the holiday season and throughout the year.
Especially during the holidays, decorate with blue lights – C.O.P.S. would like to encourage law enforcement agencies to decorate the precinct stations and headquarters in blue lights. By displaying your blue lights, you will be sending a dual message: that you support America’s peacemakers and that you hope the coming year will be a year of peace.
For more information about the National Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., visit the National C.O.P.S. website at www.nationalcops.org.
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.)
“See an officer, thank an officer!”
On January 9th of each year, partnering organizations in support of law enforcement officers nationwide promote Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). We ask our nation’s citizens to take the LEAD in support of law enforcement. Those citizens who appreciate law enforcement are encouraged to take time on January 9th to show law enforcement officers that they recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen in service to us all.
Visit www.nationalcops.org/lead.html for ways to show support for law enforcement.