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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!

2021 National Police Weekend ~ October 13th – 17th

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund will honor officers who lost their lives in 2019 and 2020. A total of 701 names will be read by high-ranking government officials, representatives from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and other related individuals.  Held at the National Mall and Livestreamed. For additional information, visit nleomf.org.

Law enforcement survivors, co-workers, and agencies from across the country will have the opportunity to attend seminars, build connections with others who understand how they feel, learn new coping skills, and hear messages of hope and inspiration. The Conference takes place at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, VA. Fallen officers’ children/stepchildren and siblings, in K – 12th grade, can attend grief counseling sessions, as well as age-appropriate fun activities. Visit www.nationalcops.org for more information and calendar of events or call 573-346-4911.

The Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and Auxiliary host this event, planned to be held at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

NOTE: Event Times/Location Are Subject to Change.

The website’s “News & Events” Page has information about these 2021 local events: Annual Blue Mass (September 29), DC-C.O.P.S.’ Annual Survivor Breakfast (October 2), Washington Area Law Enforcement Memorial Service (October 4), as well as other local events.

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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.

Due to the pandemic, we were unable to gather in person in May 2019 or May 2020. In-person events are planned in Washington, DC during National Police Weekend, October 13 – 17, 2021 when officers who were to be honored in 2019 and 2020 will be remembered. Survivors, law enforcement and the public will have the opportunity to gather and pay tribute to these heroes. If you have questions on whether your officer is being honored in October 2021, please contact the C.O.P.S. National Office at 573-346-4911 or email cops@nationalcops.org.

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.