News & Events

May 4, 11:30 a.m. : Washington Area Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Servicecancelled; virtual event on May 18 @ 12:00 p.m.

LiveStream of Memorial Service:

May 4, 7:00 p.m. : Prince William County Tribute · Prince William County (VA) – postponed, date TBD

May 5, 12 noon : 25th Annual Blue Mass · Washington, D.C. postponed to September 29

May 9, time TBD : Operation Deep Blue Arrival at the Wharf · Washington, D.C. – postponed to September

May 11, 12, 13: Arrival Days/ Check-ins cancelled

May 12 : Law Enforcement United and Police Unity Tour Arrivals cancelled

May 13, 8:00 p.m. : 32nd Annual Candlelight Vigil –  On May 13, there will be a virtual Candlelight Vigil and reading of names; live reading and engraving of names will take place at a date TBD

May 14 and May 16, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. : C.O.P.S. seminars cancelled

May 14, 9:00 a.m.: Annual Shomrim Society Kaddish (Memorial) Service cancelled

May 14: 3rd Annual Blue Honor Gala cancelled, see National C.O.P.S. website for details about obtaining a refund or holding your ticket until 2021

May 15, 11:00 a.m. : 39th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service · Washington, D.C cancelled; memorial tribute video to honor fallen officers on May 15 @ 11:00 a.m. Log on to watch via @glfop on Facebook!

November  6-8, 2020 : National Conference on Law Enforcement Wellness and Trauma · Oklahoma City, OK

Note: event times subject to change. Check here or the Chapter’s Facebook page for updates.

Washington Area Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service

On May 18, 2020, outside Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) headquarters in the District of Columbia, regional agencies gathered in solidarity to remember and honor local law enforcement who made the ultimate sacrifice. This annual event is an opportunity to thank these heroes for their dedication, commitment and faithful service, and let survivors know that their loved ones will always be remembered. Chief Peter Newsham, MPD, provided remarks, Rev. Msgr. Sal Criscuolo Chaplain, gave the invocation, and Danny Hickson (MPD, Ret), Vice President, Washington, D.C. Chapter of C.O.P.S., read the names of honorees.

In-person attendance was limited this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the event was livestreamed and can be viewed at:


December 2019:

The newly-planted DC-COPS/MPD tree of remembrance, located in front of MPD Headquarters, was respectfully decorated with our hero ornaments and blue lights. The following week, Chief Newsham and MPD officials joined Chapter survivors and others for the tree lighting ceremony to remember and honor our fallen.

December 8, 2019:
Chapter survivors and law enforcement partners gathered at Carmine’s Restaurant, Penn Quarter, for a holiday lunch, an annual event of friendship, support and companionship.


20th Anniversary Celebration
In November 1998, a group of survivors from the Washington, DC area came together to form what would become the Washington, DC Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (DC-C.O.P.S.). Twenty years later, Chapter members along with local law enforcement partners, donors and other supporters gathered to celebrate this milestone. Approximately 60 people attended the reception with a wonderful turnout of survivors, especially some founding members and “old timers.” National C.O.P.S. Executive Director Dianne Bernhard and Executive Assistant Missy Cottle made the trip from Missouri to mark the occasion.


Survivors Visit the National Law Enforcement Museum
Survivors Visit the National Law Enforcement Museum

Survivors Visit the National Law Enforcement Museum

Cindy Carter, President, DC-C.O.P.S., and survivors of law enforcement officers from local departments (Fairfax County (VA) Police Department, Metropolitan Police Department, and United States Capitol Police) visited the new National Law Enforcement Museum when it was under construction. The Museum, located at 444 E Street, NW, Washington, DC opened to the public in October 2018. The Museum offers various exhibits, interactives, and programs, all designed to show the many facets of law enforcement and what it’s like to be a law enforcement officer.  The “Hall of Remembrance” is a tranquil space paying tribute to law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.
For more information about the Museum, go to

C.O.P.S Services Video



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May 2020 Update: The C.O.P.S. Hands-On Programs scheduled for June have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The remaining programs are scheduled to take place. Visit to register and for updates regarding potential cancellations.

Adult’s Children Retreat – cancelled June 12 – 15 Potosi, MO
Outward Bound Adventure – cancelled June 19 – 26 Yampa River – Dinosaur, CO
C.O.P.S. Kids Camp – cancelled June 20 – 26 Camp Lake, WI
Young Adults Camp July 27 – 31 St. Simons Island, GA
Finances/Significant Others August 14 – 17 Potosi, MO
Siblings Retreat September 11 – 14 Potosi, MO
Spouses Retreat September 25 – 28 Potosi, MO
Co-Workers Retreat October 2 – 5 Potosi, MO
Extended Family Retreat October 16 – 19 Potosi, MO
Parents Retreat October 23 – 26 Little Rock, AR


C.O.P.S. provides Hands-On Programs designed specifically for each survivorship to help rebuild their shattered lives. These programs allow survivors to receive support from peers who know how they feel, attend seminar sessions specifically designed for their needs and obtain resources to help them on their journey of grief and coping. The programs are held in a relaxed setting that is removed from the stressors of everyday life and are free for survivors to attend. The only cost to the survivors is their travel to and from the program. These programs are available to DC Chapter of C.O.P.S. survivors. For information please contact: Our Chapter offers financial assistance for travel, see Chapter SOP #2012-03 for further information on financial assistance available and the process to qualify.