National Police Week

For Immediate Release

Monday, March 18, 2013

Camdenton, Mo - Thousands of people will travel to Washington, D.C. May 12th to May 17th for National Police Week. Among these will be a very special group of people, the Survivors.

Survivors are the friends, family and co-workers who are left behind when a law enforcement officer dies in the line of duty. This year 126 officers will be honored during National Police Week at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. This number has the potential to increase to over 140 officers, as names from 2012 are still coming in.

While honoring and remembering our fallen officers is vitally important, Concerns of Police Survivors’ (C.O.P.S.) mission is to help the officer’s family and affected co-workers learn to live again…something C.O.P.S. truly believes their fallen officer would want.

Concerns of Police Survivors is a nationwide not-for-profit organization with 53 Chapters around the country; members of C.O.P.S. are always prepared to help survivors when they need it, where they need it.

At National Police Week, C.O.P.S. hosts the National Police Survivors’ Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens Program. Each provides a safe haven for adult and minor survivors to begin their process of healing after the death of their officer. During these two-day events, survivors will hear from experts in grief counseling and build a peer network on which they will rely as they return home to a new “normal” life.

Law Enforcement Supporters from across the nation are encouraged to fly a blue ribbon in honor of all law enforcement officers. Below is a brief list of events pertaining to National Police Week and Concerns of Police Survivors:

5/12- Early Arrival Day

5/13 - Official Arrival Day - Check-In & Registration National Police Week and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens, 25th Annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

5/14- Day One of National Police Survivors’ Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens Activities

5/15- 32nd Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service

5/16- Day Two of National Police Survivors’ Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens Activities, C.O.P.S. Picnic on the Patio

5/17- Official Departure Day

Visit www.nationalcops.org for a complete detailed schedule.

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Based in Camdenton, MO, Concerns of Police Survivors was founded in 1984 for the surviving families of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty as determined by federal guidelines. Today C.O.P.S. serves nearly 35,000 people who have identified themselves as survivors nationwide. C.O.P.S. provides programs at no cost to survivors, as they have already paid too high a price. C.O.P.S. hosts a summer camp for surviving children ages 6-14, an Outward Bound® Experience for surviving teens ages 15-20, and retreats for adult children, spouses, parents, siblings, in-laws, and affected co-workers.

Visit www.nationalcops.org for more information on the organization.

Attached – Photos from National Police Week 2012

About National Police Week: Since President John Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 in 1962, May 15 has been National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and the calendar week containing May 15 has been designated National Police Week.

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