News & Events

May 2, 10:00 a.m. : Chapter’s Annual Survivors Breakfast · Washington, D.C. – postponed, date TBD

May 4, 11:30 a.m. : Washington Area Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Servicepostponed, date TBD

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. – as of 3/19, will take place

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; media tribute to fallen officers being planned for May 15

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.

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.

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

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C.O.P.S. scholarships are awarded three times annually – Fall/Winter semester (begins late August or early September), Winter/Spring semester (begins late December or early January), and Summer semester (begins May or June). A completed application is required for consideration for each semester, and the awarding of a scholarship for any one semester does not guarantee a scholarship for any future semesters. For more information and/or an application, visit



As of 3/18/2020, the below C.O.P.S. Hands-On Programs are scheduled to take place. Visit to register and for information regarding potential cancellations.

Adult’s Children Retreat June 12 – 15 Potosi, MO
Outward Bound Adventure June 19 – 26 Yampa River – Dinosaur, CO
C.O.P.S. Kids Camp 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.