News & Events
2021 National Police Weekend ~ October 13th – 17th
Event Times/Location Are Subject to Change.
Wednesday, September 29: Annual Blue Mass At 12:00 noon
St. Patrick Catholic Church, 619 Tenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Saturday, October 2: CO.P.S – Washington, DC Chapter (DC-C.O.P.S.) Annual Survivors’ Breakfast · From 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Chapter members were emailed an invitation. Kindly RSVP by 9/28.
Monday, October 4: Washington Area Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service
At 11:30 a.m. – Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) HQ, 300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, October 6: Prince William County Tribute for Fallen Law Enforcement Officers
At 7:00 p.m. – Ferlazzo Bldg., 15941 Donald Custis Drive, Woodbridge, VA
Tuesday & Wednesday, October 12 & 13: Arrival Days for National Police Weekend events · Reagan National Airport (DCA)
Wednesday, October 13: Police Unity Tour Ride-In & Ceremony · National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, Washington, DC
Thursday, October 14:
- Blue Family Brunch · For attendees who registered through C.O.P.S.
- Annual Candlelight Vigil · National Mall and livestreamed. At 8:30 p.m.
Friday, October 15: At the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA
Hosted by National C.O.P.S., these events are for attendees who registered through C.O.P.S.:
- C.O.P.S. National Police Survivors’ Conference
- C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens Program/Daycare
- C.O.P.S. “Picnic on the Patio”
Saturday, October 16: Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service · Washington, D.C.
Sunday, October 17: Official Departure Day
1/9/21 – Message from Brett Parson, President, Washington, D.C. Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors:
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
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: https://youtu.be/_3l1Uw0Bm9o
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.
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
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 https://lawenforcementmuseum.org/
C.O.P.S Services Video
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 www.nationalcops.org.