Programs for Survivors

C.O.P.S. Hands-On Programs

C.O.P.S. provides Hands-On Programs designed specifically for each survivorship to help rebuild their shattered lives.  Parents’ Retreat provides surviving parents of the fallen officer with strong peer support to help cope with the pain of losing their child.  Spouses Retreat is a “challenging” weekend getaway for surviving spouses where debriefers and strong peer support infuse surviving spouses with a significant dose of self-esteem and new found confidence.  Siblings Retreat is a weekend where brothers and sisters have access to mental health professionals and can meet others who lost a sibling in the line of duty help deal with their pain.  Adult Children’s Retreat is for surviving adult children 21 years and older and provides counselors and strong peer support to help deal with the death of their parent.  In-Laws Retreat assists the parents and siblings of the surviving spouse in coping with the death of their law enforcement officer.

2014 Hands-On Program Dates & Locations

Adult Children’s Retreat
Dates: June 20-23
Location: YMCA Trout Lodge - Potosi, MO


Kids Camp
Dates: July 28-August 3
Location: Salvation Army Lake Camp - East Troy, WI


Outward Bound ® Adventure
Dates: July 27-August 3
Location: White Water Rafting in Canyonlands National Park - Cataract Canyon, UT


Fiancés/Significant Others Retreat
Dates: August 15-18
Location: YMCA Trout Lodge - Potosi, MO


Siblings Retreat
Dates: September 5-8
Location: YMCA Trout Lodge - Potosi, MO


Spouses Retreat
Dates: September 19-22
Location: YMCA Trout Lodge - Potosi, MO


Co-Workers Retreat
Dates: October 3-6
Location: YMCA Trout Lodge - Potosi, MO


Extended Family Retreat*
Dates: October 17-20
Location: YMCA Trout Lodge - Potosi, MO
*Formerly the In-Laws Retreat


Parents Retreat
Dates: October 24-27
Location: C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center - Little Rock, AR


National Counseling Program

Each May during National Police Week activities in Washington, DC, C.O.P.S. hosts the National Police Survivors' Conference.  Law enforcement survivors from all across the nation gather for in-depth grief work and issue-oriented information sharing.

Break-out seminar sessions are offered so that survivors with like concerns and issues can work together, finding solutions to their common problems.  Special sessions are offered for surviving co-workers, significant others, fiancés, and extended family members as well.  Children under the age of 18 can participate in the "C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens" Program.


Examples of sessions include:

  • Organizing a C.O.P.S. Chapter and Keeping it Healthy
  • Surviving the Crisis as a Couple
  • Reaching Out to the Newly Bereaved
  • Am I Still a Brother/Sister?
  • Making it Through the First Two Years (Spouses, Fiancés, Significant Others, and Life Partners only)
  • Defining the Role of the Liaison Officer
  • Law Enforcement Death is Always so Traumatic, Why?
  • Preparing for Trial and the Aftermath
  • Journaling Your Way Through Grief
  • Tactics for Preventing Chronic Depression
  • Moving Forward with Clarity: The “Dear God” Letter
  • Being a Law Enforcement Officer and a Family Survivor
  • Resiliency
  • Co-Workers and Families-Easing Each Other’s Pain
  • Loss and Grief-Why Do I Feel This Way
  • Creating a Caring Agency

National Police Week Activities

At the National Police Survivors' Conference each May during National Police Week, children who have lost a parent to a line-of-duty death can participate in special activities.  For many kids, this is the first time they have made contact with peers - other kids who have gone through the same thing they have - the loss of a parent to line-of-duty death.  A dedicated staff of professionals and volunteers assess the children's emotional well-being, listen and guide them through any issues they wish to talk about, while participating in a variety of fun activities.  Results of the emotional assessments are provided to parents after Police Week so that, if needed, additional counseling can be obtained at home.

C.O.P.S. thanks the Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation and A Little HOPE Foundation for being a major sponsor for C.O.P.S. Kids/Teen Programs during the National Police Week.



C.O.P.S. Kids Summer Camp

When a child participating in the May C.O.P.S. Kids Program made this statement to a counselor, C.O.P.S.' belief that children cannot heal if their surviving parent doesn't heal was reinforced.  C.O.P.S.' Summer Camp provides surviving spouses with children (ages 6-14) the opportunity to work with professional counselors and trained mentors to improve communications within the family unit and resolve grief issues together.

Organized camp activities are supplemented with counseling during the week-long camp.  Friendly competition, planned activities that encourage teambuilding, and shared fun times in a camp atmosphere help families recognize that the teamwork approach will help them cope with their grief.

Dates: July 28-August 3
Location: Salvation Army Lake Camp - East Troy, WI


Outward Bound Wilderness Experience

Instituted in 1998, C.O.P.S. Annual Wilderness Experience helps surviving older children (aged 15-20) build self-esteem with a group of peers who understand what it is like to lose a law enforcement parent to a line-of-duty death.  This annual activity might be mountain climbing in the Rockies in Colorado, or white-water rafting in Utah.  This event is an Outward Bound® Program.

Dates: July 27-August 3
Location: White Water Rafting in Canyonlands National Park - Cataract Canyon, UT



  • Outward Bound - Group 2
  • Outward Bound - Group
  • Outward Bound - Rafting
  • Outward Bound Rafting 2




  • Adult Child Retreat
  • Climbing Wall Adult Child Retreat
  • Co-workers Retreat 2
  • Co-workers Retreat
  • Fiance & Significant Other Retreat 2
  • Fiance & Significant Other Retreat 3
  • Fiance & Significant Other Retreat
  • In Laws Retreat - Breakfast
  • In Laws Retreat - Lanterns
  • In Laws Retreat - Skits
  • Parents Retreat - Flower Making
  • Parents Retreat - Group
  • Parents Retreat - Guns
  • Parents Retreat - Parents Receiving Items
  • Parents Retreat Candle Vigil
  • Sibling Retreat - Archery
  • Sibling Retreat - Canoes
  • Sibling Retreat - Karaoke
  • Spouses Retreat - Friends
  • Spouses Retreat - Group
  • Spouses Retreat - Hugs 2
  • Spouses Retreat - Hugs