Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.

Organization Abbreviation: 
Concerns of Police Surviv
Overview: 

Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty, and their families and coworkers are left to cope with the tragic loss. Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.) provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives. There is no membership fee to join C.O.P.S., for the price paid is already too high.

C.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members. Today, C.O.P.S. membership includes more than 37,000 survivors. Survivors include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and affected coworkers of officers killed in the line of duty according to federal government criteria. C.O.P.S. is governed by a national board comprised of law enforcement survivors. All programs and services are administered by the National Office in Camdenton, Missouri. C.O.P.S. has more than 50 chapters nationwide that work with survivors at the grassroots level.

C.O.P.S. programs for survivors include the National Police Survivors’ Conference, held each May during National Police Week; scholarships; peer support at the national, state, and local levels; the “C.O.P.S. Kids” counseling reimbursement program, “C.O.P.S. Kids” Summer Camp, and “C.O.P.S. Teens” Outward Bound experience for young adults; special retreats for spouses, parents, siblings, adult children, extended family, and coworkers; trial and parole support; and other assistance programs.

C.O.P.S. knows that a survivor’s level of distress is directly affected by the agency’s response to the tragedy. C.O.P.S., therefore, offers training and assistance to law enforcement agencies nationwide on how to respond to the tragic loss of a member of the law enforcement profession. C.O.P.S. is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. C.O.P.S. programs and services are funded by grants and donations.

Active BJA Funded Project(s):

  • Continuing National Outreach Programs to Provide Peer Support, Counseling, Services and Resources to Survivors of Fallen Law Enforcement Officers
Provider Type: 
Nonprofit Organization
Headquarters Address: 
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.
846 Old South 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
United States
Phone: (573) 346-4911
Fax: (573) 346-1414
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Provider PoC First Name: 
Dianne
Provider PoC Last Name: 
Bernhard
Provider PoC Phone Number: 
5733464911
Target Audience Expertise: 
Please describe the "Other" type of target audience: 
Surviving families and co-workers of officers killed in the line or duty
Criminal Justice Expertise: 
Other Criminal Justice Expertise: 
providing peer support
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