Rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths, through partnerships with law enforcement and the community.
Washington State has lost nearly 300 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.
Funding from outside sources enables WAStateC.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.
Our chapter of C.O.P.S. 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 learn to live, laugh and love again.
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.
Your WAStateC.O.P.S. Board:
President (2018 - 2020)
Penny Brenton, Contact
Surviving mother of Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton, end of watch October 31, 2009.
Marty Jordan, Contact
Surviving son-in-law of Deputy Robert Varner, Navajo County (AZ) Sheriff's Department, end of watch January 2, 1989.
Treasurer (2018 - 2020)
Leslie Barber, Contact
Surviving extended family member of Seattle Police Officer Joselito 'Lito' Barber, end of watch August 13, 2006.
Secretary (2018 - 2020)
Rebecca Humphrey, Contact
Surviving fiancee of Tacoma Police Officer Jake Gutierrez, end of watch November 30, 2016.
Law Enforcement Liaison
Frank Kampsen, Contact
Retired Seattle Police Officer, founder Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial.
Suicide Liaison (Non-PSOB Eligible Death Liaison)
Julie Zielinski, Contact
Mother of Deputy Matt Zielinski, Chelan County S.O., end of watch Wednesday, June 1st, 2005 (Non-PSOB LODD).
Judith Secor, Contact
Surviving mother of Officer Robert Joseph Coulter, California Highway Patrol, end of watch November 2nd, 2003.