ABOUT CAROLINA CONCERNS OF POLICE SURVIVORS
Carolina Concerns of Police Survivors received it's Charter from National C.O.P.S. on March 20, 1990 and was registered as a South Carolina corporation on October 1, 1990 with Paula Radford serving as its first President. Paula is the surviving wife of Trooper George Radford, EOW 10/29/1988. Since its organization, Carolina C.O.P.S. has had seven presidents: Paula Radford, Audrey Way, surviving wife of North Charleston Officer Robert A. Way, EOW 2/18/1985; Sally Guerry, surviving wife of Georgetown Asst. Police Chief Spencer Guerry, EOW 3/9/1994; Shelia Myers, surviving wife of Edgefield Deputy Allen "Pete" Myers, EOW 9/19/2000; Susan Parker, surviving wife of SC Highway patrol L/Cpl. Jonathan Parker, EOW 5/16/2005; Beverly Coates, surviving mother of SC Highway Patrol ACE Team Trooper Mark H. Coates, EOW 11/20/1992; and Lois Rao, surviving mother of SC Highway Patrol - ACE Team Senior Trooper Michael J. Rao, EOW 6/12/2002.
Carolina C.O.P.S. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and operates as an affiliate of the national organization, Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., which is headquartered in Camdenton, Missouri.
The membership of Concerns of Police Survivors is composed of family members and co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The idea of having a national organization of survivors grew out of a meeting of ten surviving spouses who met in Washington while attending National Police Week in 1989. They received so much support from each other that they decided an organization to offer this same support to all survivors was needed. At year end 2009, C.O.P.S. had 50 chapters in 36 states and the District of Columbia. A sister chapter has also been organized in Great Britian.
Carolina C.O.P.S. works hard to help rebuild the shattered lives of law enforcement families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty. Carolina C.O.P.S. begins its ministry immediately following the loss of an officer by having a representative(s) attend the visitation and/or the funeral if at all possible. Follow-up phone calls and/or cards are made to the family, especially during the first year of the family's loss.
Carolina C.O.P.S. officers are also available to assist the department in filling out paper work and providing information about benefits available to the family. If there is a trial, Carolina C.O.P.S. is available to provide information about trial procedures to the family and tries to have a representative(s) attend at least part of the trial. A basket containing snacks for the family's use during court breaks is also provided.
Carolina C.O.P.S. notifies both the families and departments of fallen officers, about the State and National Police Memorial Services, which take place each year. Carolina C.O.P.S. continues its ministry by offering Line of Duty Death Seminars for departments and place chaplains from time to time.
Carolina C.O.P.S. works hard providing support and information to police survivors and their agencies. Survivors never "get over" their loved one's death, but in time learn to put the love in a special place and move forward.
The road of grief can be very difficult and lonely. Carolina C.O.P.S. seeks to lessen the confusion and pain that a survivor will encounter, and its officers are available 24/7 to provide whatever support they can to South Carolina Surviving families.