National Police Association Podcast #76 Dianne Bernhard, Executive Director, Concerns of Police Survivors


National Police Association Podcast #76 Dianne Bernhard, Executive Director, Concerns of Police Survivors


QUOTES

05:41 "We turn around and have programs for all the different survivor types from parents to siblings to spouses and kids and teens and I can go on and on and on, but every type that you can think of, we have a program."

07:50 "We put together this conference that has topics that surround anything you can think of, financial awareness and strategies and peer support and dealing with the loss and responding to the trauma."

17:41 "I think of those younger people that are out there right now. I love the stories that I get via those teens or young people that are doing things to organize to support law enforcement and it makes you realize that the future of the country is bright."

19:30 "We do a lot of training for law enforcement on how to respond to a line of duty death. We're not only for the family members of survivors but also for the coworkers who are often forgotten."

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SUMMARY

In this episode of the National Police Association Podcast, Sgt. Betsy Smith interviews Dianne Bernhard, Executive Director at Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). Losing a family in the line of duty is a very difficult process for the people left behind. COPS provides comfort to the survivors and helps them with counseling, programs, and other logistical concerns to honor their fallen family members. COPS also helps by assisting survivors to get the benefits they are due after a line of duty death.

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HIGHLIGHTS

00:39 Dianne story and joining C.O.P.S.

05:01 C.O.P.S. survivor programs and conferences

12:56 Rising to the challenge of staggering police deaths in 2020

15:26 Defunding the police causes even more stress to survivors

18:08 C.O.P.S. helps manage the bureaucracy of police death

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RESOURCES

National Police Association