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


Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss.  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 is over 48,000 survivors.  Survivors include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and affected co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria.  C.O.P.S. is governed by a National Board of law enforcement survivors.  All programs and services are administered by the National Office in Camdenton, Missouri.  C.O.P.S. has over 50 Chapters nationwide that work with survivors at the grass-roots 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, "C.O.P.S. Kids" counseling reimbursement program, the "C.O.P.S. Kids" Summer Camp, "C.O.P.S. Teens" Outward Bound experience for young adults, special retreats for spouses, parents, siblings, adult children, extended family, and co-workers, 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) non-profit organization.  C.O.P.S. programs and services are funded by grants and donations.

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Peer Support

Through our National Board, local chapters, and national network of survivors, C.O.P.S. is able to contact with newly-bereaved surviving family.

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Survivor Benefits

Yearly, C.O.P.S. compiles the state benefits available to surviving families. Benefits include education benefits, state benefits, worker’s compensation, pension and funeral benefits.

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Counseling Programs

Any dependent age child of a law enforcement officer who died in the line of duty (according to federal government criteria) is eligible.

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C.O.P.S. scholarships provide financial assistance to surviving children and to surviving spouses of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, according to Federal government criteria, who wish to pursue a course of study beyond high school.

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Upcoming Events

A calendar of events that list upcoming C.O.P.S. programs and events.

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Show your support and help us continue our mission by purchasing your official C.O.P.S. merchandise at the COPS SHOP.

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Support C.O.P.S.

Learn the different ways in which you can help support the families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty.

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Printed Resources

C.O.P.S. has many printed items available for download for both surviving family members and law enforcement officers.

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Financials & Bylaws

Fianancial information and bylaws for Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

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Learn about some of the individuals and corporations that support C.O.P.S.

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C.O.P.S. Media

Various C.O.P.S. items such as newsletters, PSA's and media stories.

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National Conference

C.O.P.S. recognizes that every law enforcement officer is subjected to crisis and tragedy as a part of their job. They see the most unthinkable acts of criminal behavior in our society.

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Our Mission

Rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line  of duty deaths.



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C.O.P.S. National Office


Mail:  P.O. Box 3199  --  Camdenton, MO 65020

Physical:  846 Old South 5  --  Camdenton, MO 65020

Phone:  573-346-4911  --  Fax:  573-346-1414

(our 800 number has been discontinued)


C.O.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  C.O.P.S. programs and services are funded by grants and donations.

DISCLOSURE:  If you would like to help our organization by doing a fundraiser using our name, acronym, trademark or logo, or if you are with another organization and want to reference your support of C.O.P.S. in your organization’s materials, please keep the following in mind:  Our organization has developed a proprietary interest in its name, acronym, trademark, use of materials and logo, and all uses of same require our prior approval.  Please submit your proposals or requests in writing to our national office to the attention of:  Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., P.O. Box 3199, Camdenton, MO 65020.  Any unauthorized use of our name, acronym, trademark, use of materials or logo can result in legal action.  Only our national office can give consent, so please receive permission first. Copyright © 1996 Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.