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!
The DC COPS Chapter Board and our survivors mark the 2021 Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD) with a particular debt of gratitude here in Washington, D.C. On January 6, 2021, members of Law Enforcement from the District of Columbia (MPDC, Metro Transit, United States Park, United States Capitol, Federal Protective Service, and many others), Maryland, Virginia, and the National Guard responded immediately and bravely to an attack on our Legislative Branch. Sadly, Officer Brian Sicknick, of the United States Capitol Police Department was killed and countless other officers were injured during the violent insurrection. In the end, due to incredible dedication to mission, teamwork, and dogged commitment to protecting our People’s House by these brave men and women, Congress was able to complete their Constitutional duties. These actions exemplify what is meant when a member of Law Enforcement swears their oath to “….protect and defend the Constitution.” 2020 was a disastrous year for our city, nation, and the world and members of Law Enforcement and their families were not spared the never-ending danger, sickness, and death. Despite these obstacles, our heroes continued to report to work, respond to calls for help, and keep communities safe. For that, today we say THANK YOU!
Today, we ask those who support Law Enforcement and whose lives and communities they protect to outwardly express their appreciation. You can do it in many ways, but here are a few suggestions: https://www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org/l-e-a-d
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.
Although we were unable to be together at National Police Week this year, please know your C.O.P.S. family is here for you. We look forward to seeing you at a Hands-On Program, special event, National Conference on Law Enforcement Wellness and Trauma, or next year in Washington, D.C. at National Police Week 2021.
They will always be remembered.
You will never be alone.
C.O.P.S. EARNS COVETED 4-STAR RATING FROM CHARITY NAVIGATOR
(Camdenton, MO – May 19, 2020) – Concerns of Police Survivors’ strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator (CN), America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the 8th consecutive time that C.O.P.S. has earned this top distinction. Only 5% of charities that CN evaluates have received at least eight consecutive 4-star evaluations.Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders. On June 1, 2016, we upgraded our methodology for rating each charity’s’ financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiates the financial health of our four star charities.“C.O.P.S.’ exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds C.O.P.S. to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support C.O.P.S.”
“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to accomplish the C.O.P.S. mission of rebuilding the shattered lives of America’s surviving families and co-workers who have been affected by line-of-duty death,” said C.O.P.S. Executive Director Dianne Bernhard. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”
C.O.P.S.’ rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org. More-detailed information about C.O.P.S.’ rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.
THE REASON WHY
“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.