Helping Us To Serve our Community
Each year the Imperial County Deputy Sheriffs' Association strives to donate not only monetarily, but our time and volunteer hours throughout the communities we serve to benefit numerous charities, groups and national organizations. Please feel free to join our mission by volunteering, or make a donation to our association so WE CAN CONTINUE our community outreach.
The mission of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is to generate increased public support for the law enforcement profession by permanently recording and appropriately commemorating the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers; and to provide information that will help promote law enforcement safety. On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 61 hours. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 20,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The California Peace Officers' Memorial Foundation is a non-profit charitable foundation whose mission is to recognize and honor California's peace officers who gave their lives "In The Line of Duty" serving the citizens of this great state, and provide support to the family members left behind. Each year during the week of May 15, groups of people gather together to honor the memory of a member of their family. Surviving spouses grieving a lost partner; children missing a parent; older couples who have survived their son or daughter; brothers, sisters, fellow peace officers - so many of us commemorate National Police Week as participants of a Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.
"When a police officer is killed, it's not an agency that loses an officer, it's an entire nation".
In 1996 Chris Cosgriff, a James Madison University freshman, read a Washington Post article about the release of a murderer, convicted of slaying two Prince George's County, Maryland, police officers. Upon learning that this violent criminal who had taken the lives of two of America's finest served only 16 years for this heinous act, Chris was compelled to find a way to honor these and other fallen officers. Thus, the Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc., (ODMP) was created.
- Chris Cosgriff, ODMP Founder
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 survivors. Survivors include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and affected co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria.