The National Police Challenge – 50 Kilometer Relay is run on behalf
of two very special law enforcement charities both, of which provide assistance
to the families of officers who are slain in the line of duty. All net proceeds,
after expenses, are divided between the two 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organizations.
CONCERNS OF POLICE SURVIVORS (COPS)
Across the United States, approximately 700,000 sworn officers put their lives
on the line each day to protect and serve the American public. Approximately 140 to 160 law enforcement officers are killed each year.
Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) was organized in 1984 to serve “spouses,
children, parents, siblings … and affected co-workers of officers killed
in the line of duty.” COPS offers several resources to help survivors
rebuild their lives, including:
- "COPS" Kids Counseling Program
- "COPS" Kids Summer Grief Camp
- Retreats for Family Members
- Wilderness Experience for Young Adults
- National Police Survivors Seminars
- Peer Support
- Trial and Parole Support
- Training and Assistance to Law Enforcement Agencies
For further information about COPS, visit their website at http://www.nationalcops.org.
(Honor Every Responsible Officer’s Eternal Sacrifice)
HEROES, Inc. was founded in 1964 by a group of Metropolitan Washington businessmen
with the singular goal of assisting the widows and children of law enforcement
officers and firefighters who give their lives in the line of duty. The organization
has no paid employees or staff and zero administrative costs. One hundred percent
of all donations are used to directly benefit the families of the officers
who have given their lives in the protection of the greater Washington, DC
community and our nation’s capitol. In all, nearly 80,000 officers in
the Washington area are protected by the HEROES, Inc. program.
HEROES confidentially provides funds for the immediate needs of a slain officer’s
family, as well as additional funds for funeral expenses. In addition, HEROES
provides full college scholarships for the children of slain officers. Scholarships
include room and board, tuition, books and fees for four years of undergraduate
“No case is ever closed and HEROES never forgets.”
For further information about HEROES, visit their website at http://www.heroes-inc.org.