The Federal Bureau of Investigation tells us that 95 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2014.
That’s 95 families who lost a spouse, a sibling, a parent, a child.
Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) feels that impact. They are a national, non-profit organization that has been around since 1984, and currently has over 30,000 members. They provide resources and support to families and co-workers who have been affected by a line of duty death. C.O.P.S. also provides training to law enforcement personnel on how to respond, should such a tragic loss befall their agency.
Last weekend, the annual C.O.P.S. Outward Bound Adventure group arrived in Grand Junction, and some employees with the Grand Junction Police Department had the honor of spending time with them on the first night of their excursion. The group is made up of young men and women, ages 15-20, who have lost a parent due to a line of duty death. This year, the group of 51 kids will spend a week whitewater rafting in Canyonlands National Park in Utah. According to the C.O.P.S. website (www.nationalcops.org), the program is designed to help surviving children “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.”