The HeroBracelets Partner Program allows you to choose the military or COPS support organization through your purchase of HeroBracelets. Upon placing an order, $2.00 from each HeroBracelet order goes directly to one of our approved service organizations. We’ve sent out over $300,000.00 so far!
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was the first organization HeroBracelets made donations to and we've sent over $167,000.00 so far!
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has constructed a world-class state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation facility for wounded warriors at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Center opened on January 29, 2007 with a grand ceremony attended by Senators John McCain and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Veterans Affairs Secretary James R. Nicholson, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Peter Pace, USMC, and government and military leaders at the highest levels. 3,000 supporters also joined the event.
The Center, operated by the army, serves military personnel who have been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Center also serves military personnel and veterans severely injured in other operations and in the normal performance of their duties, combat and non-combat related.
The Center encompasses a 60,000 square foot structure, providing ample space and facilities for the rehabilitation needs of the patients and their caregivers and includes top-of-the-line indoor and outdoor facilities.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund raised $45 million for constructing the Center. We thank the over 600,000 who contributed to this effort with gifts large and small.
C.O.P.S (Concerns of Police Survivors)
Police HeroBracelets.org is proud to be able to support Concerns Of Police Survivors, Inc. with a donation of $2 for each bracelet sold.
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
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. COPS provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives. There is no membership fee to join COPS, for the price paid is already too high.
COPS was organized in 1984 with 110 members. Today COPS’ membership is over 15,000 families. Members include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and affected co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria.
COPS is governed by a National Board of law enforcement survivors. All programs and services are administered by the National Office in Camdenton, Missouri. Chapters function in several states at the grass-roots level. Follow the links to learn more about the National Board or the National Office. Click here to see if there is a chapter in your area.
COPS’ 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, and in-laws, trial and parole support, and other assistance programs.
COPS knows that a survivor’s level of distress is directly affected by the agency’s response to the tragedy. COPS, 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.
COPS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. COPS programs and services are funded by grants and donations by organization such as Police HeroBracelets.org.
NATIONAL PEER SUPPORT
COPS has become a “lifeline” to law enforcement survivors nationwide. COPS contributes to the emotional and psychological well-being of the surviving family – the most hauntingly difficult aspect of the aftermath of sudden, tragic, often violent, line-of-duty death.
Through our National Board, local Chapters, and national network of survivors, COPS is able to contact a newly-bereaved surviving family – sometimes within just days of the death. It helps the new survivors to see people who have survived the devastation, thus providing a feeling of hope.
The COPS National Office contacts each surviving family at least six times a year. Quarterly newsletters provide messages of hope and encouragement and share stories of survivors’ accomplishments since the death of the officer.
COPS also sends a remembrance card to each survivor during the anniversary month of the officer’s death. Too often survivors are reluctant to share their feelings of grief because they don’t want to be a “burden” to their friends and neighbors. This card lets them know that others remember their officer and the sacrifice he or she made.
The holiday season can be especially difficult for survivors. COPS lets survivors know that it is okay to feel happy or sad, to continue holiday traditions or to start new traditions, to celebrate or not celebrate.
Survivors know that when they need it, support is just a phone call away! Survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria, regardless of the date of death, are encouraged to contact COPS for more information.
NATIONAL COUNSELING PROGRAMS
Each May during National Police Week activities in Washington, DC, COPS hosts the National Police Survivors’ Conference. Law enforcement survivors from all across the nation gather for in-depth grief work and issue-oriented information sharing.
At the National Police Survivors’ Conference, every group of survivors has access to mental health specialists and support from survivors of previous years.
Break-out seminar sessions are offered so that survivors with like concerns and issues can work together, finding solutions to their common problems. Special sessions are offered for surviving co-workers, significant others, fiancés, and extended family members as well. Children under the age of 18 can participate in the “C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens” Program.
COPS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
COPS 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. Scholarships are not awarded for post-graduate study. Scholarships are not awarded to survivors who are entitled to a tuition-free education as a state death benefit (see alternate scholarship sources below).
Applicants seeking financial assistance for education purposes are limited to the receipt of not more than $1,500 per semester, and total scholarship awards shall not exceed $12,000 maximum lifetime.
Surviving children such as these who attended our “C.O.P.S. Kids” Summer Grief Camp may one day turn to COPS for financial assistance to attend college or vo-tech school.
COPS scholarships are awarded three times annually: Fall/Winter semester (begins late August or early September), Winter/Spring semester (begins late December or early January), and Summer semester (begins May or June). A completed application is required for consideration for each semester, and the awarding of a scholarship for any one semester does not guarantee a scholarship for any future semesters.
Scholarship recipients are determined by an independent Scholarship Committee drawn from the outside community and comprised of persons knowledgeable about education and the law enforcement profession. The National Board of COPS determines the amount of funding that will be set aside for educational scholarships each year.
Scholarships are paid directly to the institution of higher learning on behalf of the scholarship recipient and may be expended only for tuition, required texts, and associated fees (not room and board charges). Any unused amount is returned to COPS.
PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS’ BENEFITS PROGRAM: EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE BENEFITS
The Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program includes the Public Safety Officers’ Educational Assistance (PSOEA) Program. The PSOEA Program provides assistance for higher education for the spouses and children (under age 27) of federal, state, and local public safety officers who have been killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty on or after January 1, 1978. Assistance can include tuition, books, fees, housing, travel expenses, and post-graduate work. COPS urges survivors to check with the PSOEA to determine if they qualify for assistance.
ROBERT D. MAY SCHOLARSHIP FUND
A scholarship of up to $10,000 is available to qualified dependents of federal law enforcement officers killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. The number available is dependent upon the amount of interest generated from the principle of the May estate. The scholarship may be used to pursue any academic higher education (as defined by the Department of Labor). This program is administered by the FBI, with specific qualification and application requirements. Applications are due in the spring for the following school year. Inquiries should be directed to the FBI either by writing: FBI, Employee Benefits Unit, PA 570, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20535-0001, or by calling (202) 220-9027.
Additional Source for Surviving Spouses
Surviving spouses may also receive assistance through the Steve Young Memorial Scholarship Program administered by the FOP. The line-of-duty death must have occurred between between January 1, 2001, and December 31, 2006, and there are other criteria and stipulations.
Reduced Tuition for On-Line Degrees
COPS has partnered with Northcentral University. COPS members receive a special reduced tuition rate. Northcentral University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of NCACS and offers 100% online distance learning degree programs for adult learners to obtain a college education online. You can earn a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or Doctorate degree in Psychology, Business and Technology Management, or Education.
LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. wants every agency to be prepared to handle the trauma of law enforcement death. Sessions can be as brief as a four-hour in-service training to as in-depth as a three-day session. No registration fees are charged for law enforcement-oriented participants at COPS training sessions that are funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
COPS’ four-hour training covers such topics as:
Geared toward officers who deal with the survivors, COPS’ all-day session includes the above topics as well as:
Through special grants from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, COPS is able to present The Traumas of Law Enforcement in regional settings across the country. These three-day sessions include all the above topics as well as:
PROJECT BLUE LIGHT
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (COPS) is asking concerned citizens and law enforcement agencies nationwide to again support Project Blue Light.
During the holiday season you are asked to put blue lights in your holiday decorations and your windows and tie blue ribbons on car antennas to show support for law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty for the citizens they have served. Additionally, this will be a show of support for those who continue to work the streets 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Several years ago, Mrs. Dolly Craig, the surviving mother-in-law of Daniel Gleason, a Philadelphia (PA) police officer killed in the line of duty in 1986, sent her Christmas message to the COPS National office. Her daughter Pam, the surviving widow of Officer Gleason, had been killed in a car accident in August, 1989, before the holiday season. Dolly wrote, “This holiday I’m putting two blue lights in my living room window. One is for Dan and the other is for Pam, who believed so much in the COPS organization.”
Dolly Craig is now deceased as well, but her idea of Project Blue Light burns bright in the hearts of the families in the COPS organization.
“FLY THE BLUE” BLUE RIBBON CAMPAIGN
During National Police Week, COPS encourages the display of blue ribbons on car antennas. COPS distributes over 1,000,000 blue ribbons prior to National Police Week to law enforcement agencies to display on cruiser antennas.
Law enforcement personnel are encouraged to tie blue ribbons to cruiser antennas. Citizens are encouraged to tie blue ribbons to their car antennas. These blue ribbons are a reminder of law enforcement personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice and in honor of those men and women who serve their communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year in and year out.
Any strip of royal blue ribbon will work. If you are a member of the law enforcement community, you may fax a request to be added to the Blue Ribbon mailing list. Include your agency, contact name, mailing address, and quantity of ribbons requested. Fax requests ONLY will be accepted, with a minimum of 25 ribbons and a maximum of 500 per request. Fax your request to 573-346-1414.
From golf tournaments to 10K walks and runs to motorcycle rodeos to poker tournaments to a cross-country bike trek, groups of people all across the country raise funds to help COPS. The COPS National Office will supply your group with brochures, flyers, press releases – whatever you need to make your special event a success for COPS. Use your imagination and then let us know how we can assist you.
Businesses can sponsor various National Police Week activities for survivors, and any of our other programs for survivors. Call the National Office for a corporate donor package.
COPS is a participating member of and a proud participant of COPS is #1209 in the CFC and United Way of the National Capital Area. COPS is also included in many other United Way and corporate campaigns as well as in most State Employee Charitable Campaigns.
Individuals, corporations, and labor and fraternal police organizations make donations to COPS. Many sponsor special events to raise funds. Donations can also be made through payroll deductions to the Combined Federal Campaign, or CFC, (#1209), State Employee Charitable Campaigns, or SECC, or your local United Way.
The CFC number (#1209) is nationwide for all local CFC campaigns. COPS must be accepted, however, in each local United Way campaign, so a local “cheerleader” is needed to get the ball rolling. Check with your local United Way campaign office to get their regulations that would allow employee donations to be designated for COPS. The COPS National Office will provide whatever information they need. COPS is approved to participate in each SECC for which COPS is eligible.
COPS has been approved for participation in numerous state employee campaigns through its affiliation with Independent Charities of America. Read the brochure carefully to find COPS. If COPS is not listed, check with your local campaign headquarters to see if you can designate your donations to COPS. Contact the COPS National Office for any additional assistance.