Arkansas Concerns of Police Survivors
Arkansas has lost over 200 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 departments.
Funding from outside sources enables Arkansas C.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.
Arkansas C.O.P.S. was founded in 2002 and 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 in learning to live, laugh and love again. Our chapter hosts the parents retreat each year and we as a chapter enjoy meeting these parents, who fly in from all over the country, at the airport and getting them to the retreat.
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.