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.

Seattle Historical Sign Project

The goal of the Historical Sign Project is to put a chapter of Seattle history on display where it happened and for all to see. Historical markers will be installed at or near the sites where a Seattle police officer or firefighter has been killed in the line of duty over the last 131 years. This project uses no taxpayer dollars. It will be totally funded with private contributions. Read more »

C.O.P.S. National Campaign to Implement the Blue Alert

Governor Gregoire signed the Blue Alert bill, HB1820, into law on 03/15/2012, making Washington the 14th state to implement the Blue Alert.

The Blue Alert will provide the means to speed the apprehension of violent criminals who kill or seriously injure local, state, or federal law enforcement officers in Washington State.

The Blue Alert would be a cooperative effort between the State Department of Public Safety, State Department of Transportation, the Governor's Division of Emergency Management, broadcasters, law enforcement agencies, and the general public. Using media broadcasts and Department of Transportation messaging signs, each Blue Alert would cover the state with information identifying a detailed description of the offender, the offender’s vehicle, and license plate information which will inevitably hinder the violator's ability to flee the state. It would facilitate a speedy capture, helping eliminate the threat the offender would pose on other communities and law enforcement personnel.

Working together, we can show our support for the brave men and women who protect our great nation and ensure that those who do harm to our protectors are quickly captured, fully prosecuted, and appropriately punished.

State Blue Alert Criteria

All four criteria must be met in order for the Washington State Patrol to activate the network:

  • A law enforcement officer must have been killed or seriously injured by an offender.
  • The investigating law enforcement agency must determine that the offender poses a serious risk or threat to the public and other law enforcement personnel.
  • A detailed description of the offender’s vehicle, vehicle tag, or partial tag must be available for broadcast to the public.
  • The investigating law enforcement agency of jurisdiction must recommend activation of the Blue Alert to the State Operations Center (Governor's Divisions of Emergency Management).

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WAStateC.O.P.S. Elections held at the General Meeting 03/01/2014

At our 12/07/2013 meeting, nominations for all positions were accepted from the floor. Elections were held at the 03/01/2014 chapter meeting. 

Per our chapter bylaws:

  • Elections will be held every 2 years.
  • Those who run must be active and involved in chapter activities, and have attended the General meeting prior to elections.
  • National C.O.P.S. rules state that you may not run for office until at least 2 years have passed since your officer‘s death and any trial has concluded.
  • Officers can serve only 2 consecutive terms in the same position. WAStateC.O.P.S. President, Secretary, and Treasurer positions must be vacated at the end of this upcoming term. Our VP, Terry Reed, was appointed late into the 2-year terms, and per the by-laws will serve through this next term.
  • Nominations may be accepted from the floor. 

Suicide liaison appointed

Our board voted to appoint a suicide liaison. As many of you may know, more than 3 times as many officers commit suicide as die in the line of duty. Julie Zielinski is the mother of Deputy Matt Zielinski, Chelan County S.O., who took his own life on 06/01/2005. Julie has "walked and lived this tragedy" and understands what others are going through. Julie‘s blog is http://mattcutshort.blogspot.com and she has also written a book, ― Matt's Last Call: Surviving Our Protectors. The book was published October, 2012. Read more »

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