Kansas Concerns of Police Survivors (Kansas C.O.P.S.) is a not-for-profit organization. On March 17, 2001 an organizational meeting was held in Salina, Kansas to discuss formation of a Kansas Chapter. On that day, it was decided and approved with a unanimous vote of the attendees to start a Kansas Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors. Our C.O.P.S. charter plaque was presented at National Police Week in May 2001. Kansas C.O.P.S. serves all 105 counties in Kansas and is one of 52 chapters of the national organization Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).
Our membership is 188 strong and each time we lose an officer in one of our 105 counties, we gain more members. There is no membership fee to join Kansas C.O.P.S. Each and every member has already paid the ultimate price -- the loss of a family member, colleague or friend to a line-of-duty death in law enforcement in the state of Kansas. The heroism and bravery of those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice must never be forgotten; therefore, we are committed to see that their memory and acts of bravery live forever.
The purpose of the Kansas Chapter of C.O.P.S. is to provide peer support to the surviving family members of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty by offering emotional support, aiding survivors in understanding the judicial process, and providing information about available services within the local community, the state, and the nation. Our aim is to offer longer-term support and friendship, after the initial wave of community and department support, media attention, and public sympathy has diminished for the survivor. As survivors ourselves, we recognize the needs and traumas each new survivor will face as the years pass. Training of state law enforcement agencies in the appropriate handling of line-of-duty death procedures is also a priority for our group.
Kansas C.O.P.S. is also dedicated to
helping the surviving families of our
fallen law enforcement officers rebuild their shattered lives through hands-on programs based on strong peer-support .... survivors helping other survivors.
More information can be found on our events page or on the National Concerns of Police Survivors website; www.nationalcops.org
Those programs are sponsored by National Concerns of Police Survivors:
Kids' Camp (surviving children ages 6-14)
Outward Bound (ages 15-20)
Young Adults Camp (15-20 years of age)
Adult Children Retreat
Fiancé/Significant Other Retreat
Extended Family Retreat
C-Worker's for Couples Retreat
Project Blue Light
Show your support by placing a blue light in a window in your home or business. Keep the blue lights burning constantly to remind everyone that law enforcement officers serve and protect every day, every hour, every minute and every second of the year.
Project Blue Ribbon
Blue ribbons are a reminder to the public that many law enforcement officers have paid the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty. It's also to honor those officers who are in the communities every day putting their lives on the line of duty for the citizens of those communities. Tie those blue ribbons somewhere on your vehicles to show your support of law enforcement. Call Kansas C.O.P.S. if you need some of the official C.O.P.S. blue ribbon, 785-213-6463.
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.)
On January 9th of each year partnering organizations in support of law enforcement officers nationwide will promote National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.).