Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

Community organization / nonprofit being nominated

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

Organization's website

Tell us a little more about this organization. Please include detailed ways in which this organization makes strides to benefit the community, who is impacted and what future goals are for this organization.

This organization is a national non-profit that's mission is to help the surviving family members and co-workers of line-of-duty deaths rebuild their lives and pick up the shattered pieces with the loss of a brother or sister in blue. While that side of the organization is reactive, the proactive approach that it takes by offering FREE training across the country to law enforcement is how they take that impact to the next level. The benefits of a proactive approach to teaching departments about resources, benefits and ways to help their departments ahead of a crisis is mutually beneficial to not only the department but also the community it serves. The response and resources available to a grieving community that loses an officer does not stop at the funeral. C.O.P.S. provides those resources for a lifetime for each family member and co-worker that reaches out. The mission goes beyond the immediate needs and provides those mental health, physical health and emotional support for as long as those survivors request it. At no cost to them! This could not be possible without the amazing support and partnerships within our LE community. The future goals of C.O.P.S. is to increase those proactive trainings, continue to provide resources to families and departments before, during and after their loss and to continue to promote the mission and resources prior to a line of duty death. Since we are seeing an increase in LODD both from violent events and COVID, this mission is more important than ever.

If selected as a winner, how will the $7,500 prize money be applied?

I believe the funding would be applied to cover the costs of providing FREE training throughout the country with their Traumas in Law Enforcement Training or overlapped at National Police Week in 2022.