C.O.P.S. Honored in Front of United States Congress

For Immediate Release

C.O.P.S. Recognized in front of United States Congress

Camdenton, MO – Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) was recognized for 30 years of service on Wednesday, May 14, in front of the United States Congress.

United States Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) teamed up to present remarks that congratulated the Missouri-based organization on their service to the surviving family members and co-workers of America’s fallen law enforcement heroes that have died in the line of duty.

In 1984, the C.O.P.S. office got its start in the basement of Founder Suzie Sawyer in Prince Georges County, MD. Sawyer was the wife of a Prince Georges County Police Officer and saw the need to do more for the surviving families when a line-of-duty death occurred. In 1993, the office was moved to Camdenton, MO. Within the first 10 years of moving to Missouri, the C.O.P.S. organization saw its greatest years of growth in their outreach to survivors.

Both Senators expressed the valuable asset that C.O.P.S. is to Missouri, having been located in Camdenton (MO) for the past 20 years, and holding the majority of their national events in Missouri. The incredible service that C.O.P.S. gives to grieving families and co-workers was acknowledged in their remarks of the congressional record.

“I leave C.O.P.S. to enjoy retirement knowing very well it’s in great hands with Dianne Bernhard at the helm,” said Sawyer.

In March 2014, retired Columbia (MO) Deputy Chief of Police joined C.O.P.S. as Executive Director. “I am honored to continue with Suzie Sawyer’s vision for C.O.P.S. of rebuilding the lives of law enforcement survivors. Suzie’s legacy, centered in Camdenton, MO, is far-reaching nationally and affects thousands of lives each year,” said Bernhard.

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. The organization’s mission has always been to “rebuild shattered lives” of the survivors. C.O.P.S. has a membership comprised of more than 32,000 people who have identified themselves as survivors nationwide. Unfortunately, that membership continues to grow as an average of 140-160 law enforcement officers are killed every year in the line of duty. For more information, please visit www.nationalcops.org or contact us via Facebook at facebook.com/nationalcops.


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