Monday, October 9, 2017

C.O.P.S. National Conference on Law Enforcement Wellness & Trauma

Our friends at C.O.P.S. are hosting their National Conference on Law Enforcement Wellness & Trauma from November 10-12th in Grapevine, TX.

C.O.P.S. recognizes that every law enforcement officer is subjected to crisis and tragedy as a part of their job. They see the most unthinkable acts of criminal behavior in our society. But are we doing a good job helping officers navigate these events over a course of a twenty to thirty year career?
We continue to see officers suffering from PTSD in growing numbers. Divorce rates continue to be higher for officers than the general public and tragically, too many officers choose to end their own lives each year.
This conference offers a much needed focus on officer wellness and the need to pro-actively address the cumulative stresses that can occur over an officer’s career. This conference is for all law enforcement officers (active or retired) nationwide. It is recommended for peer supporters, counselors, police chaplains and law enforcement spouses/significant others. Law enforcement survivors are also welcome to attend. 
Location & Hotel:
Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center
Grapevine, TX 76051

$137 per room + tax
Amenities include complimentary breakfast and
transportation to/from DFW International Airport.

The deadline to reserve your room with the C.O.P.S.
discounted rate is Friday, October 20, 2017.

You can make your reservations by calling

Be sure to mention that you are part of the
C.O.P.S. National Conference Block
to receive the discounted rate.

The fee to attend is $300 per person. The registration fee covers classes, three meals (two lunches and Law Enforcement Appreciation Night) and networking room. If the participant secures a room through the Host Hotel, then breakfast vouchers will also be provided.

C.O.P.S. believes that spouses/significant others play a major role in the overall well-being of law enforcement officer wellness. Spouses and significant others who are attending with a registered participant may attend all classes, meals and events with their officer at a reduced rate of $125. 

The deadline to register is October 20, 2017.

Friday, October 6, 2017

End of Watch Report September 2017

In September 2017, twelve law enforcement officers in the United States lost their lives in the line of duty.  Of those, five officers died due to auto-related incidents (two motorcycle crashes, two automobile crashes, and one vehicular assault), three officers died as a result of felonious gunfire, one died from a heart attack and one from a duty-related illness, and two drowned in the rescue and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Line of duty deaths this year are down across the board with a 17% decrease in gunfire line of duty deaths and a 5% decrease in auto-related line of duty deaths.  

The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our sincere condolences to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one to a line of duty death in September 2017.

Please take a moment to read the memorials for those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice last month.

Corporal Thomas Hannon
Dover Police Department, DE

Police Officer Bernie Domagala
Chicago Police Department, IL

Deputy Constable Mark Diebold
Tarrant County Constable's Office-Precinct 5, TX

Police Officer William Mathews
Wayzata Police Department, MN

Sergeant Joseph Ossman
Florida Department of Corrections, FL


Deputy Sheriff Julie Bridges
Hardee County Sheriff's Office, FL

Agent Roberto Medina-Mariani
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR

Police Officer Elias Martinez
Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Dept, TX

Trooper Timothy O'Neill
Michigan State Police, MI


Agent Héctor Matías-Torres
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR


Agent Ángel Lorenzo-González
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR


Detective Kristen Hearne
Polk County Police Department, GA