Washington State Concerns of Police Survivors Programs
National Police Week, where ‘seasoned’ survivors meet and mentor new line of duty death survivors. We offer financial assistance for survivors, law enforcement officers, and chaplains to attend these healing sessions.
Targeted retreats offered by National Concerns of Police Survivors, where spouses comfort and mentor only spouses, where siblings comfort and mentor only siblings, etc. Who better to understand your type of grief? As with Police Week, we offer financial assistance to ensure our survivors are financially able to attend these healing retreats.
Locally, we conduct quarterly chapter membership meetings with chaplains and other experts in attendance for grief counseling.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
We have conducted Critical Incident Stress workshops for law enforcement officers and their families, also attended by chaplains. Departments in attendance included the US Army, US Border Patrol, Washington State Department of Corrections, local county and police departments, etc. We provided tools for officers to properly react to critical incidents (officer line of duty death, for example), and tools for family members to understand how to interact with their officer.
We also teach a condensed 2-hour course at the Criminal Justice Training Academy, on the same topic.
Our needs are financial: funds to print and copy workshop materials, and to provide assistance for survivors to attend National Police Week and National C.O.P.S. targeted retreats.