KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," Sunday, 4/24/11, 7:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Jan Blaser-Upchurch, Vice President of the Arizona Chapter of C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors), Board, and Sherry Graham-Potter, Pima County Trustee for the Arizona C.O.P.S. Chapter. When a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty, their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. 

Upchurch says C.O.P.S. provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives.  She says C.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members. Today, she says, C.O.P.S. membership is over 15,000 families.  She says members include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and affected co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria.

Potter says C.O.P.S. provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors.  She says May 6 is Pima County’s Peace Officers Memorial  at TCC to honor fallen officers. 

Upchurch says C.O.P.S. programs for survivors include the National Police Survivors' Conference held each May during National Police Week. She says May 15 is National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day in Washington DC.  She says at 11 AM, outside the U.S. Capitol, where a Roll Call of Heroes that will take place during the Memorial Service.  She says other C.O.P.S. programs include  scholarships, peer-support at the national, state, and local levels, "C.O.P.S. Kids" counseling reimbursement program, the "C.O.P.S. Kids" Summer Camp, and special retreats for spouses, parents, siblings, adult children, and in-laws and other assistance programs. She says there is no membership fee to join C.O.P.S., for the price paid is already too high.