Sunday, May 07, 2006

50,000 Signatures Needed

For Affordable Health Care for Survivors!

During National Police Week 2006, Concerns of Police Survivors would like to present 50,000 signatures on a petition to Congress to support H.R. 4424. The bill would allow surviving spouses and children of fallen public safety officers to purchase affordable, comprehensive health care through the Federal health care system. This legislation would grandfather families as far back as 1976, the beginning of the Public Safety Officers Benefit program.
With families paying over $900 per month, passage of this bill would allow these families to have better coverage at a more affordable cost.
Please visit to sign up NOW! As of April 30 we had only 10,000 signatures.

The Force(r) Matching Donations to COPS During May

The Force(r), a maker of premium law enforcement and public safety uniforms and a division of VF Imagewear, Inc. will match contributions up to $20,000 made to Concerns of Police Survivors DURING THE MONTH OF MAY. Donations may be made on-line at the COPS website, or mailed to the COPS National Office, PO Box 3199, Camdenton, MO 65020. If you've ever considered a contribution to COPS, May is the month to make your donation - $5 becomes $10 for COPS; $100 becomes $200 for COPS!!!

The Force(r) chose to support COPS in honor of Summit for Heroes 2006. Long a dream of Cops on Top, mountain climbers who honors fallen officers, expedition teams will summit the highest peaks in all 50 states on one day, May 20. Visit to learn more about Summit for Heroes 2006. More about Cops on Top expeditions can be found here
National Police Week 2006

The official observance of National Police Week is always the week that contains May 15. In 2006, those dates are May 14-20.

Flags Fly at Half Staff on May 15

President Bill Clinton signed Public Law 103-322 which directs that the flag of the United States on all Government buildings be displayed at half-staff on May 15, National Peace Officers' Memorial Day.

National Police Week Proclamation

For a Sample Proclamation that can be individualized for your municipality to recognize Police Week, visit

The COPS National Office was relieved when word came that Camdenton, MO, Officer Jerry Kempen will recover from being shot in a recent altercation. The off-duty, 15-year veteran was shot while attempting to apprehend a suspect who fled a vehicle to avoid arrest. The Camdenton Police Department is a 12-person force in a town with just over 2,500 population and is the home of the National Office of Concerns of Police Survivors. Camdenton Police Chief Laura Webster and Camden County Sheriff John Page are to be commended for responding to the situation in the appropriate manner, providing debriefings for the officers and a support meeting for their spouses. Both agencies have had representatives attend a COPS' The Traumas of Law Enforcement training.

May Run for Crime Victims Will Benefit COPS

COPS and Crime Victims United of California will both benefit from the California Correctional Peace Officers Memorial Run for Crime Victims on May 20 at the California State Capital in Sacramento. Motorcycle-riding officers can email or for more information.

Philadelphia Golf Outing to Benefit COPS

A benefit Golf Outing is being planned for June in the Philadelphia area. The US Marshals Eastern District of Pennsylvania is hosting this benefit for COPS. For more information, contact

California Peace Officer's Association Golf Tournament Will Benefit COPS

Each year the California Peace Officer's Association holds an annual training conference. Each year there is a charity golf tournament. The 2006 Charity Golf Tournament, to be held June 5, will benefit COPS. For more information, email John Standish at

Walkers Should Plan Now for COPS WALK 2006

COPS WALK 2006 is scheduled for October 14-15. Please plan to join us in the Washington, DC area for this physically challenging and emotionally rewarding experience. Entry fee is $1,000 per walker. Get your sponsors now! For further information, contact Kam Flynn, Executive Director, USSS-ERA via email at: All proceeds benefit COPS.

COPSstore for National Police Week and COPS Merchandise

National Police Week 2006 merchandise is available from COPSstore <> . Items featuring the names of fallen officers on the 2006 Roll Call of Heroes are now available. See the website at for further details. You may want to sign up for the COPSstore email list.

COPS - Best Charity
Concerns of Police Survivors has been awarded the "Best in America" seal of approval from Independent Charities of America. The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the US Government for
inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.
Charity Navigator has named Concerns of Police Survivors a Four Star
Charity - "Exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in
its Cause." Visit

Cathy J Hill
President, GHCOPS
P O Box 73362 * Houston, TX 77273
"Arguing with a police officer is like wrestling with a pig. Eventually, you realize that the pig likes it."


Lainey said...

Hi TX,
Cathy Hill and her mother in law Jean Hill are good friends of mine. Jean will be in DC for the COPS thing.
Do you know them?

TxGoodie said...

I met them both years ago (not too long after their loss) and I've been on the e-mail list since then. They are amazing women and nothing they ask for is too much!