Editor Note: The video itself can be found at the bottom of the article.  For those of you attending National Police Week, we’ve also included some information about some must-see things happening.

As we enter into National Police Week, a video has gone viral that’s an absolute punch to the gut for anyone with family and friends in law enforcement.

The piece from Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and Law Enforcement Today in partnership with Dave Bray USA has absolutely exploded.

The video picked up more than 750,000 views in less than 24 hours of launching.  It’s been shared thousands of times.

It features officers from the Manchester, Connecticut police department and cops from other agencies across America.  The second half of it shows the face and End of Watch of every police officer killed in the line of duty.

  1. That’s how many Line of Duty Deaths there were in 2018, as reported by the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Manchester, CT Police Officers

The video opens up with six people wearing street clothes.  They’re talking about being just regular, every day people. 

Then they transition into uniforms and talk a bit about being police officers.

Manchester, CT Police Officers

 

The message is simple – whether in uniform or without, these are the Sheepdog.  They are always watching.  Always protecting.  That uniform might come off, but the sense of duty does not.

“We wanted to bring attention to the fact that law enforcement officers are more than just a uniform – we are human just like the people in the communities we serve, said Lt. Ryan Shea, the Public Information Officer for Manchester Police. 

But that’s not all.  They also wanted to show solidarity with their brothers and sisters as we entered into National Police Week.

“We also wanted to honor LEOs who died in the line of duty last year – and show the families that they will never be forgotten by those who hold the thin blue line,” said Shea.

The storyboard for the video was written by our National Spokesman, Kyle Reyes, and created by his production team at The Silent Partner Marketing. 

They debated whether or not the video was too long, and ultimately decided that was the entire point.

“The video would have been too long if we even had to feature the face of just ONE fallen officer,” said Reyes. “The sad truth of it is that we’ve lost so many more.”

His team finally kept the video as-is to send a message.

“Those we’ve lost leave behind husbands, wives, sons, daughters, parents and friends.  This video NEEDED to be as long as it was.  Because only when you see the sheer volume of the number of warriors we’ve lost does the reality of what’s happening in our country really set in.”

Here’s what the officers say in the video:

Our kids had a play date together after preschool.

We chatted in line at the grocery store.

I sit behind you in church on Sundays.

I crushed you at Fantasy Football.

I’m your neighbor.

I’m a hockey coach.

Sometimes I’m in uniform.

Sometimes I’m in a police car.

Sometimes I’m struggling with things I’ve seen.

Sometimes I’m saying goodbye.

Sometimes I’m working in schools.

Sometimes I’m saving lives.

But I’m always watching.

We are the sheepdog

We are always among you.

We are always vigilant.

We are always on guard.

We mourn the loss of our brothers and sisters.

We stand beside their survivors.

This National Police Week… we reaffirm our pledge that they will never be forgotten.

That we will always protect.

Always defend.

Because we ARE

The thin blue line

God bless America

The story is weaved together over the song “Last Call” by Dave Bray USA.  In the second half of the video, we see the faces of the fallen with the words “Enough is Enough” over the top.

The images seem to go on forever… and an incredibly fast pace.

The scope of how many we’ve lost is breathtaking… and scary.

Here are Dave Bray’s words in the song:

Man down, man down, I’m bleeding out

There’s no time, no time so please hear me out

These are the last few words that I’d like to say to you all

This is my last call

Tell my wife I love her, and that I wont be home tonight

Thank her for those long hard years that we tried to get it right

Tell her I’ll be waiting after she makes it through it all

This is my last call

But ask her to forgive me,

and tell her I’m sorry that I can’t be the man that she’s gonna need

Tell her I’ll be waiting where the winter meets the fall

This is my last call

Tell my children that I love them,

oh that daddy always loved them so

Tell them to hold their mother tight and to never let her go

Tell them I’ll always be watching looking over them through it all

This is my last call

Tell them to fight for me

Do what’s right for me

Choose the light for me

Don’t ever forget me

Tell them I’ll always be watching,

and I’ll be there when they fall

This is my last call

For those who served beside me,

and who held that thin blue line

Stand tall, stand strong and hold your head up high

I’m sorry I let you down today, but please know I gave my all

This is my last call

My last –

So raise a glass for me,

and kick some ass for me

Ring a bell for me

Send ’em straight to hell for me

I’d like to think I’ve saved a few good lives, but I couldn’t save them all

This is my last call

Yeah, I’d like to think I’d saved a few good lives, but I couldn’t save my own

This is my last call

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) is the charity of choice for Law Enforcement Today and we are proud to be partners with this incredible organization.

We’re honored to be joining them at National Police Week this year.

For those of you who don’t know about NPW, every year since 1982, a memorial service honoring the men and women who perished in the line of duty is held during the week of May 15th in Washington DC.

What started with a group of 120 police survivors at a memorial has blossomed into a week-long event that boasts attendance rates in the tens of thousands.

Beginning this weekend, officers, survivors, family members, supporters and others from across the country will begin to gather together in our nation’s capital to remember, pay tribute, and give thanks to those that hold the Thin Blue Line.

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In a few days, the streets will be filled with tens of thousands of police, survivors and supporters. (Flicker)

 

Some have traveled a long way to get there. Law Enforcement United has a group of long riders that are pedaling a grueling 1,200 miles to the event. Some attendees even come from agencies in other parts of the world. 

The National Peace Officers Memorial Service is one of a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil. One of the sponsors is C.O.P.S. – or Concerns of Police Survivors.

For the last 35 years, C.O.P.S. has created a tight-knit community of survivors. They ensure that everyone who has lost an officer in the line of duty knows they are never alone. Through annual conferences around the country to local chapters to weekend getaways and programs for children, they provide support when it feels like there is none.

In addition to sponsoring the vigil, C.O.P.S. will also be holding their annual Blue Honor Gala, a formal affair that gets active and retired LEO’s and their spouses on the dance floor, as well as providing drinks, food, and a private concert by country music star Mark Wills.  This year it will include special guests from the hit show Blue Bloods.

Shameless plug for our friends: tickets can still be purchased by clicking here.

Country music star Mark Wills will be playing at the Blue Honor Gala Tuesday night.

 

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) also hosts the National Police Survivors’ Conference on May 14th and May 16th at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, the host hotel. 

The conference includes breakfast, lunch, guest speakers, debriefing sessions, and a kids/teens program for the surviving children and siblings of the fallen officer. 

On May 16th, the conference closes with a picnic on the patio night, where dinner is provided with games, music, and more. This evening encourages survivors to relax and be with each other after a stressful week.

 

Law Enforcement Today National Spokesperson Kyle Reyes will also be attending Police Week, bringing exclusive stories and content to those who aren’t able to attend.

Reyes will be filming new episodes of the Behind the Uniforms series as well as interviewing survivors on the Blue Carpet prior to Tuesday’s Blue Honor Gala. 

Anyone who has been to National Police Week before can also attest to the vast world that is Tent City, featuring vendors from everything inside the law enforcement and criminal justice world. 

Our friends from Brothers Before Others will have multiple tents set up. The first is for their organization, BBO, a group of active and retired LEO’s that ensure flowers and support are sent along to every LODD funeral. Check out more on their Flower Fund here. They will also be displaying recently fallen Amy Caprio’s shadow box uniform during the entirety of NPW. 

Amy Caprio’s shadow box uniform will be hung for people to pay tribute. (BBO)

Proud Pig will also have a tent, selling their unapologetic blue-backing apparel.

Jonny Castro will have a tent next door, where he displays the portraits of fallen officers that he’s created.

 

Finally, the group tells LET that they’ve reserved a special tent — not for retail space or to raise funds for their non-profit, but strictly to provide survivor families with a place to go. It’s called “The Blue Room” (sponsored in part by BLUE Magazine) and it’s specifically meant for survivors.

 

BBO says that the tent features blue velvet ropes upon entry and will have air conditioning and refreshments for the families to relax in between the bigger events. 

We were also told that the O’Grady family from Blue Line Bears will be presenting 2 of their customized memorial bears for families at The Blue Room tent during the event.

 

Started by a teen with a huge heart, Blue Line Bears aims to help the children of fallen law enforcement officers cope with the devastating loss of a parent.  

Here’s a list of the major events for the week.

Monday:

Candlelight Vigil hosted by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Tuesday:

First Day of the National Police Survivors’ Conference hosted by C.O.P.S.

Annual Steve Young National Honor Guard Competition and Pipe Band Competition

C.O.P.S. Blue Honor Gala at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City (Tickets)

Wednesday:

National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police and its Auxiliary

Thursday:

Second Day of the National Police Survivors’ Conference hosted by C.O.P.S.

C.O.P.S. Picnic on the Patio

Tent City: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

We hope everyone has a great week and remembers the true meaning of why we gather together.