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. These programs allow survivors to receive support from peers who know how they feel, attend seminar sessions specifically designed for their needs and obtain resources to help them on their journey of grief and coping. Our programs are held in a relaxed setting that is removed from the stressors of everyday life and are free for survivors to attend. The only cost to the survivors is their travel to and from the program. 

Adult Children’s Retreat is planned for surviving adult children and their spouse/domestic partner, ages 21 and over. Kids Camp is planned for surviving children ages 6-14 and their parent/guardian. The Outward Bound ® Adventure is planned for surviving children ages 15-20. Young Adults Camp is planned for surviving children and siblings ages 15-20.  Fiancés/Significant Others Retreat is planned for surviving Fiancés, Significant Others and Life Partners of the fallen officer. Siblings Retreat planned for surviving siblings and their spouse/domestic partner, ages 21 and over. Spouses Getaway is planned for the surviving spouse of the fallen officer. Co-Workers Retreat is planned for surviving co-workers, active or retired. Co-Workers for Couples Retreat is planned for surviving co-workers and their spouse/domestic partner, active or retired. Extended Family Retreat is planned for surviving In-Laws, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins; ages 21 and over. Parents Retreat is planned for the surviving parents of the fallen officer.

2015 Hands-On Program Dates & Locations

Adult Children’s Retreat
Dates: June 19-22
Location: YMCA Trout Lodge - Potosi, MO

Young Adults Camp
Dates: June 22-26
Location: YMCA Trout Lodge - Potosi, MO

Kids Camp
Dates: July 27-August 2
Location: Salvation Army Lake Camp - East Troy, WI

Outward Bound ® Adventure
Dates: July 26-August 2
Location: White Water Rafting in Canyonlands National Park - Cataract Canyon, UT

Fiancés/Significant Others Retreat
Dates: August 14-17
Location: YMCA Trout Lodge - Potosi, MO

Siblings Retreat
Dates: September 11-14
Location: YMCA Trout Lodge - Potosi, MO

Spouses Getaway
Dates: September 25-28
Location: YMCA Trout Lodge - Potosi, MO

Co-Workers Retreat
Dates: October 2-5
Location: YMCA Trout Lodge - Potosi, MO

Extended Family Retreat
Dates: October 16-19
Location: YMCA Trout Lodge - Potosi, MO

Parents Retreat
Dates: October 23-26
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

C.O.P.S. Kids/Teen Program at National Police Week

At National Police Week each May, children and siblings who have lost a parent or sibling to a line-of-duty death can participate in special activities. Fallen officers’ children/step-children and siblings, in kindergarten through 12th grade, will have the opportunity to attend grief counseling sessions, as well as age-appropriate fun and social activities. The program is held off-site at local and federal law enforcement academies.

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 loved one 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 National Police Week so that, if needed, additional counseling can be obtained at home. 



C.O.P.S. Kids Summer Camp

C.O.P.S. Kids Summer Camp provides surviving children (ages 6-14) and their parent/guardian 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 27 - August 2, 2015  
Location: Salvation Army Lake Camp - East Troy, WI


C.O.P.S. Outward Bound ® Adventure
Instituted in 1998, C.O.P.S. Annual Wilderness Experience helps surviving older children, ages 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 allows the children to go white-water rafting in Utah.  This program is held at the same time as C.O.P.S. Kids Camp so that parents are able to attend camp with their younger children while their older children attend Outward Bound. This event is an Outward Bound® Program.

Dates: July 26 - August 2, 2015  
Location: White Water Rafting in Canyonlands National Park - Cataract Canyon, UT

C.O.P.S. Young Adults Camp  
Recognizing the need for growth in our programs, effective in 2015 C.O.P.S. will add a Young Adults Camp to the Hands-On Programs. Young Adults Camp is planned for surviving children and siblings, ages 15-20. This camp will allow young adults to express their grief with their peers, receive counseling in a relaxed setting and participate in fun camp outdoor activities.

Dates: June 22 - 26, 2015   
Location: YMCA Trout Lodge - Potosi, MO


  • 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