Mission Statement: Honoring our Fallen by Supporting their Survivors

Washington State has lost nearly 300 officers in the line of duty since it became a state.

Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal criteria. C.O.P.S. ministers to survivors’ needs by extending a helping hand to stabilize their emotional well-being, as others suffering the same loss can be of service to new survivors during their periods of helplessness. C.O.P.S. also provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors.

Funding from outside sources enables WAStateC.O.P.S to offer survivors professional help through meetings, training for those survivors who are ready to actively support new survivors, family workshops, and training to police departments on how to handle a line-of-duty death. Unfortunately, many departments have no protocol on what to do when the tragedy of an officer’s death strikes. In these instances, it is harder for the agency to help the surviving families and affected co-workers get through what could be the most difficult crisis of their lives.

Our chapter of C.O.P.S. is entirely volunteer-driven; we have NO paid staff. As survivors of law enforcement line of duty death, our mission is to assist those who come after us, learn to live, laugh and love again.

Each year, between 140 and 160 officers die 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.

Reubens Brews Event Tonight

Join us tonight at Reuben's Brews in Ballard for Thank You Thursday!

Reuben's Brew's is graciously donating $1 per pint sold during tonight's thank you Thursday event to give back to the community. Please come by enjoy some great beer and support WAStateC.O.P.S.

3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Seattle Police Memorial at Lake View Ceremony, 07/24/2014, 10:00 am

Officer Mike Severance has been trying to locate the surviving families of fallen SPD officers who died in the line of duty between 1881 and 1977. Mike discovered and documented the final resting spots for all fallen SPD officers, locating two who had been buried in unmarked graves.

Through the generosity of the Lake View Cemetery, the Retired Seattle Police Officers Association and another benefactor, new tombstones have been installed for Officer Thomas Robert, EOW 04/10/1898 and Officer Arthur Ruckart, EOW 12/27/1914. Read more »

Survivors and Sports

* August 30, Saturday, 1:00 p.m. Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, LEO Appreciation Day. $25 each for tickets typically costing $30, in section 149, rows Z through CC. The Sounders are planning an on-field tour for survivors on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be displaying our fallen officers' names on the scoreboard. Those who attended in 2012 can confirm that the Sounders treated survivors royally. For tickets, contact us at info@wastatecops.org

Road Dawgs 2014 'Families of the Fallen' Ride

Thanks to the Washington chapter of the Road Dawgs

For remembering us with their 2014 'Families of the Fallen' Ride!

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LODD: Derek 'Chip' Andrew Hansen

The memorial service for medically-retired former Wapato and Zillah Police Officer Derek “Chip” Andrew Hansen was held on Friday, March 21, 2014. Read more »

National C.O.P.S. welcomes new Executive Director

Observing its 30th anniversary of service to the surviving families of America’s fallen law enforcement officers on May 14, 2014, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) welcomed a new Executive Director to lead the organization that represents more than 32,000 survivors of officers who have died in the line of duty Read more »

Seattle Police Memorial Sign Project

Seattle Police Officer Mike Severance was the guest speaker at our chapter meeting on Saturday, 03/01/2014. Officer Severance is working on a Memorial Sign project to honor fallen Seattle Police officers with street signs near where they lost their lives.

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WSP Retired Trooper Mike Buckingham

Retired Washington State Patrol Trooper Mike Buckingham, severely injured in a 1981 accident, died on 01/02/2014. His memorial service was held on Thursday, January 16, 2014.

Many of us had the great honor to meet this incredible man, and learn from his courage.

After his accident, Mike had a successful career as a motivational speaker; below are a few links:


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Project Blue Light: Let your blue lights shine for law enforcement during the holidays

Concerns of Police Survivors asks law enforcement families, surviving families, and police supporters to put a blue light in their windows during the holiday season. The blue light is symbolic of our remembrance of those officers who have made the supreme sacrifice, and honors those officers who continue to work the violent streets of our nation. Read more »

C.O.P.S. National Board 2013-2014

On the last day of the national conference, election results were announced.

The National Board of C.O.P.S. for 2013-2014 is comprised of:

National President
Madeline Neumann - W/1989

Immediate Past President
Molly Winters-Carie- W/1991

Northeast Region
Trustee for the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Happy Snodgrass – Significant Other/2006

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