Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Matthew 5:9)
Tuesday, January 8, 2019: Salt River Police Officer Clayton Townsend was struck by a distracted driver during a traffic stop.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019: Shreveport Police Department Officer Chatéri Payne was shot and killed on her way to work.
City of Davis Police Department Officer Natalie Corona was shot and killed while investigating a three-car crash.
Here at Law Enforcement Today, we are blessed to have an audience filled not just with law enforcement officers and their loved ones… but also with passionate supporters of the Blue Family. So many of you have reached out and asked where you can send donations.
The sad truth of it is that these probably won’t be the last faces we see this year. And the pain that their death leaves behind is immeasurable.
We are honored and humbled to stand behind an organization that helps the survivors of those killed in the line of duty – Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). It’s a 501c3 that we have witnessed first hand doing incredible work to support these families.
In case you’ve never heard of them, here’s some information on the organization:
Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed 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.
C.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members. Today, C.O.P.S. membership is over 48,000 survivors. Survivors include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and affected co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria. C.O.P.S. is governed by a National Board of law enforcement survivors. All programs and services are administered by the National Office in Camdenton, Missouri. C.O.P.S. has over 50 Chapters nationwide that work with survivors at the grass-roots level.
C.O.P.S. programs for survivors include the National Police Survivors’ Conference held each May during National Police Week, 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, “C.O.P.S. Teens” Outward Bound experience for young adults, special retreats for spouses, parents, siblings, adult children, extended family, and co-workers, trial and parole support, and other assistance programs.
C.O.P.S. knows that a survivor’s level of distress is directly affected by the agency’s response to the tragedy. C.O.P.S., therefore, offers training and assistance to law enforcement agencies nationwide on how to respond to the tragic loss of a member of the law enforcement profession. C.O.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. C.O.P.S. programs and services are funded by grants and donations.
You and I may not be able to help each individual family on our own… but we can if our approach is that of a family. Help me get behind this incredible organization and together, we can help these families rebuild their lives.
And perhaps together we might consider praying this Law Enforcement Memorial Prayer from Officer Thomas Guthery.
LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL PRAYERDear Lord, law enforcement is not an easy task to do,
Yet, there are many who choose to wear the shield.
They serve each day, to the oaths they swore are true,
Protecting and serving, a safer, better world to build.Lord now we gather to pay our deepest honor,
To those of ours officers, killed in the line of duty.
It matters not the style of shield they wore,
Only that they served with pride, and honor.
Lord all that matters is that they were one of us,
Serving wherever needed, richest mansion to dirtiest alley.
Confident and proud, highly honored by the peoples trust,
So they carried a shield, mindful of all their sacred duties.
Lord you have called several of ours home to glory,
The race with life for them is now done.
Peace, blessed peace, in safety, forever now with Thee,
Welcome rest, now in heaven for all of eternity.
May time never erase the sacrifices that were made,
May no officer ever fall alone, to lie cold in their grave.
May those of us still serving, remember well the price they paid,
May their memories stand forever as those who went down brave.
Lord give us courage to carry on, to still live and care,
To not be vengeful or bitter, to simply trust Your word it true.
May we always cover with pride the shield we wear,
To honor all fallen officers, whom we now commend to you.