UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The 2017 Streamlight 5K for Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) will return to the Lower Perkiomen Valley Park Trail, 101 New Mill Road in Oaks, Wednesday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m.
There is a $25 entrance fee for the 5K Race and a $15 entrance fee for the Fun Walk.
Prizes will be awarded to top finishers and the first 200 registrants are guaranteed a t-shirt. Water and snacks will be provided.
A post race celebration will take place at the Eagleville Tavern (3300 Ridge Pike, including one free beer or soda (21 or older, drink ticket included with packet) and snacks!
Participants can register at Run the Day’s website, https://www.runtheday.com/register/detail/streamlight-5k-for-concerns-of-police-survivors1.
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 37,000 families. 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. 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.
Submitted to The Times Herald