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. Schedule of Events
Washington, DC Police Week Events
These events are held during Police Week to honor our local heroes.
Tuesday, May 1 – Annual Blue Mass
St. Patrick Catholic Church, 10th & G Streets, NW, Washington, DC.
First responders gather to remember the contributions of those who have served in law enforcement and public safety agencies and to ask for their continued protection. Representatives of Federal and local law enforcement and public safety agencies from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area and around the country attend. The name of the Mass comes from the “blue” color of their uniforms.
Saturday, May 5 – Washington DC Chapter of C.O.P.S. Survivors Breakfast
10:00AM – 12:00noon
La Casa Italiana, 595 Third Street, NW, Washington, DC
Please RSVP to Cindy Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15. Casual attire. There is limited parking in the area.
Monday, May 7 – Washington Area Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service
Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters, 300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
The Metropolitan Police Department, the DC Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1 Auxiliary, and the DC Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors co-host this event to honor local law enforcement who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Auxiliary will host a luncheon at the nearby DC FOP Lodge after the service.
Concerns of Police Survivors
News From National
“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.
Laps for Law Enforcement
The Monahan family is in the pool again raising money for our Chapter! Visit their GoFundMe site “Laps for Law Enforcement” to follow their progress and donate to this worthy cause. Let’s get the word out about their amazing effort on behalf of the Chapter.
From April 4 – 18, Greg Monahan (US Park Police) and his children, Darby and Rory, will be swimming laps in honor of the men and women of law enforcement who died in the line of duty. Each night they swim for one specific fallen hero. Recently, they swam in memory of Officer Paul M. Dittamo (EOW 10/30/2010), Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Washington, DC, who was killed in a motor vehicle crash while responding to assist another officer struggling with a suspect high on PCP. Officer Dittamo was with the MPD for a little over a year.
Darby met Officer Dittamo’s dad, Hector, last year at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in DC after her first “Laps for Law Enforcement” event. She said, “It was a true honor to swim tonight for Officer Dittamo. You will never be forgotten.”
Please support the Monahan family in this worthy endeavor on behalf of the Chapter. Let’s help them reach their goal of $5,000. They will present the check at our Annual Survivor Breakfast on May 5th.