COPS is a peer support charity. They help families of police officers who have lost their lives on duty, known as survivors, to support other survivors in practical ways. They arrange local and national events that enable survivors to build friendships and bonds that support them through the good times and bad.
COPS brings survivor families together, connecting survivors with others who truly understand, by virtue of having been in the same situation themselves. COPS works with two organisations, Winston’s Wish and RedArc, to provide counselling and specialist bereavement support for families.
COPS run a number of peer support weekends throughout the year. Some of these are aimed at bringing together survivors with a specific relationship to the officer, for example a spouse or partner, while others are based on a particular theme or activity.