NATIONAL POLICE WEEK 2015
May 11 - 17 * Washington, DC
Early Arrival Day (airport pick-up at DCA only)
Official Arrival Day (airport pick-up at DCA only)
LEU Arrival and Reception for Current Year Families
NO airport pick-up
Check-In at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
First day of the National Police Survivors’ Conference, Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
First day of C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens Activities (children, step-children and siblings of officer)
First day of C.O.P.S. Daycare (children, step-children and siblings of officer)
Pre-Memorial Service Meeting for 2014 Families
National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service
Second day of the National Police Survivors’ Conference, Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
Second day of C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens Activities (children, step-children and siblings of officer)
Second day of C.O.P.S. Daycare (children, step-children and siblings of officer)
Picnic on the Patio
Official Departure Day
National Police Week registrations will be mailed in January. Incomplete registrations will not be accepted. The registration deadline is March 30, 2015.
Online registration is now open - Click Here
The NPW invitation and registration that will arrive via mail is available for download below.
For several years, Concerns of Police Survivors has been encouraging citizens to fly blue ribbons from their car antennas during National Police Week. This year from May 11 through May 17, seeing thousands of blue ribbons flying from cars would be a tremendous show of support for our fallen officers and those still working the streets.
We encourage agencies, survivors and supporters to Fly the Blue! To order your Blue Ribbons click here to fill out the online form.
Sponsor Information Coming Soon!
MAY 13, 2015
NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS’ MEMORIAL SERVICE
MAY 15, 2015
If you have questions regarding the Candlelight Vigil held on May 13, 2015, please call the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund at (202) 737-3400, visit www.nleomf.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions regarding the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service held on May 15, 2015, please call the Fraternal Order of Police at (202) 547-1651, visit www.policeweek.org or email email@example.com
As always, volunteers are VERY important to a smooth and successful National Police Week. Concerns of Police Survivors needs your help!
There are many opportunities to volunteer your time and help the survivors of America’s fallen law enforcement heroes. Please click on the link below and look over the available volunteer opportunities. Sign up where you would like to help! Be sure to take your own schedule for the week into consideration when choosing openings to volunteer.
Volunteer opportunities will start on Saturday, May 9 and end on Sunday, May 17. All volunteer positions are for tasks at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311.
A volunteer meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Plaza Ballroom. If you sign up to work registration on Wednesday, May 13, it is required that you attend the volunteer meeting on Tuesday, May 12 (even if you have previous registration volunteer experience). Transportation is available from overflow hotels.
If you are a first-time attendee to National Police Week, it is suggested that you not volunteer but take in the events of the week.
Thank you for your time and service to C.O.P.S.
Fifty-one years ago, in 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public law 87-726 designating May 15th as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and the week in which may 15 falls as National Police Week. The law was amended by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Public Law 103-322, signed by President Bill Clinton, directing that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff on all government buildings on May 15th each year. While the actual dates change from year to year, National Police Week is always the calendar week, beginning on Sunday, which includes May 15th.
The Charles R. Shinholser, Sr. Award for Volunteerism
This award is given to individuals who have expended numerous hours and tremendous effort to assist in C.O.P.S.’ efforts to help law enforcement survivors rebuild their shattered lives.
The following criteria shall be used when determining the recipient of this award:
- The individual(s) eligible for consideration of this award must be serving in a volunteer capacity to the C.O.P.S. organization without compensation from the C.O.P.S. organization.
- The award is being given by the National C.O.P.S. organization; therefore, their volunteer service must, directly or indirectly, be of benefit to the national organization.
- Applications should cite specific instances of the nominee’s volunteer efforts which have shown to be a benefit to the national organization and the results accomplished because of their actions. The instances must show efforts above and beyond working with just a single family unit or working on one project or program.
- A member of the C.O.P.S. organization or staff members from the National Office or a chapter office must nominate individuals for consideration for this award. Letters nominating a person for this Award should be kept to two (2) pages in length. Supporting documentation should be no more than three (3) pages in length.
- All applications for this nomination should be postmarked by February 1.
- The C.O.P.S. National Board will be called upon to make the final determination.
- The recipient(s) of the award will be announced on the second day of the National Police Survivors’ Conference in May.
This award was formerly named the Todd Ricks Memorial Award for Volunteerism, after Todd Ricks, a U.S. Park Police Motorcycle Officer. Officer Ricks coordinated the motorcycle efforts during National Police Week for several years and was the inaugural recipient of this award. Todd’s efforts helped National Police Week events, including all C.O.P.S. activities, run as smoothly as possible by organizing motorcycle escorts for buses to all events, including “C.O.P.S. Kids” events.
The Suzie Sawyer Distinguished Service Award
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. will recognize an active, retired or deceased law enforcement officer/official or organization for services above and beyond the call of duty when addressing police survivor issues. The following criteria shall be used when determining the recipient of this award:
This Award shall be considered the highest recognition any law enforcement officer/official can receive from Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.
The law enforcement officer/official shall be nominated by a member of the law enforcement family. That means any law enforcement officer, survivors, or police family member may nominate an officer for this distinction. They cannot, however, be nominated by a member of their own family.
Applications should cite specific instances of survivor support, advocacy in behalf of survivors, etc. This individual may have worked with a C.O.P.S. Chapter, worked on police survivor legislation, made changes within the law enforcement agency, etc., to promote police survivor care and attention to appropriate police survivor issues. The instances must show efforts above and beyond working with just a single family unit or working on one project or program. Further, these instances must show they are benefiting the National C.O.P.S. Organization.
Letters nominating a person for this Award should be kept to two (2) pages in length. Supporting documentation should be no more than three (3) pages in length.
All applications for this nomination must be postmarked by February 1.
The C.O.P.S. National Board will be called upon to make the final determination.
The recipient of the award will be announced on the first day of the National Police Survivors’ Conference in May.
Chapter of the Year
To submit an application for consideration by the National Board to be named as C.O.P.S.’ “Chapter of the Year”, answer the following 13 questions/statements. The answers should be kept in the same order as presented, should be numbered, and should be written in paragraph form. Applications must be kept to 4 pages. All applications for this nomination must be postmarked by February 1 of each year and sent into the National Office.
- Has your chapter sent representatives to all line-of-duty funerals in your service area?
- Does your chapter hold regular “support” meetings? How often? How many attend?
- Does your chapter hold regular business meetings? How often? How many attend?
- How well do you think your chapter functions:
A. For survivors?
B. For co-workers?
- Tell us about the involvement of your membership in chapter functions. Is it more than just the Board at
- Tell us about the contact your chapter has with law enforcement agencies in your service area.
- Tell us about the contact your chapter has with law enforcement organizations in your service area. (Do you work with all police organizations or only one?)
- Tell us about your chapter’s fundraising ventures
- Tell us how you spend chapter funds for:
A. Local support?
B. State support?
C. National support?
- Does your chapter provide paperwork to National C.O.P.S. in a timely manner? (Includes minutes of
meetings, financial reports, required annual paperwork, registrations for trainings, etc.)
- What has your chapter done to promote the mission of Concerns of Police Survivors at the grass roots level?
- Has your chapter done anything “exceptional” during the past year?
- Why do you believe your chapter should be identified as the “Chapter of the Year”?