The Arkansas Chapter was chartered in 2002 by 5 families of officers who had died in line of duty. One of the founding members was Mary Flo Klein who was President for many years. Mary Flo was very dedicated to establishing the Arkansas COPS chapter and spent many hours traveling the state with Linda Craig speaking to academies, officers and anyone who would listen so that people would know who and what Arkansas COPS was about. On December 1, 2011 Mary Flo left this world to join her beloved husband, Robbie. In 2014 the board voted to create an annual award named after Mary Flo to present to a volunteer who the chapter felt demonstrated the same love and devotion that Mary Flo had for Arkansas COPS.