National Police Week Agenda and Tips

 

 

National Police Week

WAStateC.O.PS. Agenda and Tips

May 12th - 17th

 

National Police Week has much to offer all survivors – especially first-time attendees. Like many things you do in life, you will get out of it what you are willing to put in to it. Our encouragement to you is to participate in all that is available to you.

 

  • Please remember, You can travel to WA DC any time to do sightseeing – do not let sightseeing be your focus.
  • The only time you will hear your loved one’s name read out loud at the Candlelight Vigil and Memorial Service is this year.
  • The only time the primary survivor will be able to place the flower in the wreath at the Memorial Service is this year (primary survivor is the spouse).
  • While it may be emotional and hard to participate in the C.O.P.S. breakout sessions, ATTEND THE SESSIONS! You will meet other survivors just like you. Grief is individual for each person, but you will have an opportunity to meet other people who understand what you are experiencing.
  • We have witnessed people in tears at the beginning of Police Week and have big smiles on their faces by the end of Police Week.  Lifelong friendships are made. If you do not participate, you cut yourself off from the support that is waiting for you.

 

Important Information:

 

  • It is crucial to stay at one of the hotels reserved by C.O.P.S. for Police Week. While you may be able to get better rates at an outlying hotel, you will have unnecessary stress due to traffic, etc.
    • Everything revolves around the host hotel, the Alexandria Marks Hilton.
    • There are shuttle buses that take survivors to their hotels and back to the Hilton, as long as they stay at one of the hotels reserved by C.O.P.S.
    • You can go to your room for some personal time/rest in-between activities.
  • First year survivors have priority to stay at the Hilton – the host hotel. (Hilton Alexandria at Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road; Alexandria, VA  22311)
  • Airline reservations: fly in to Reagan National Airport (airport code is DCA)
  • Hotel registration is handled through the national C.O.P.S. office. They will inform you of which hotel you will be staying at, once they receive your registration packet. It is important to register early to ensure you get in to the Hilton.
  • Food is expensive in WA DC. There are restaurants at the hotel. There are restaurants and a grocery store within walking distance of the host hotel. The train is easy to navigate and you can find a restaurant at any stop.
  • Average cost, including the airfare, hotel, food: $1600+ per person for the week.
  • $700 - WAStateC.O.P.S. stipend for Survivors attending C.O.P.S. Sessions on 5/14 & 5/16.  Additional funds may be available from Behind the Badge Foundation.

 

  • There is a bulletin board by registration for you to leave messages for people you are trying to find. A WaStateC.O.P.S. liaison will post his/her cell phone on the board.

 

Packing:

 

  • Do not overdress. Most people wear jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts.
  • ‘Church attire’ is appropriate for the May 15th Memorial Service.
  • Be wary of spiked heels. If it has rained, heels will sink into the ground.
  • Instead of a purse, consider carrying a bag that leaves your hands free.
  • Weather can be all over the board in the month of May. Layer for best results.
  • Pack a folding umbrella, sunscreen, camera, water, snacks.
  • Pack light. Police Week attire is available to purchase at the Hilton (C.O.P.S. store), at the NLEOM (down the street from the Memorial), and through the FOP.
  • Some survivors/officers bring mementos to leave at the site their officer’s name is engraved on the Memorial (patches, photos, personal notes, etc.). Mementos remaining after NPW are collected by NLEOM staff for storage at the museum.
  • Some agencies send wreaths with their agency name on it to the Memorial.
  • Some survivors/officers bring pins/patches to trade with other survivors/officers.
  • WaStateC.O.P.S. deals with PBJTextiles in West Seattle for merchandise. Feel free to contact them at 206-243-3053, or at pbjtextiles@aol.com, to order caps, t-shirts, etc. personalized with your officer’s name. Be sure to mention you’re a WaStateC.O.P.S. member, to get the non-profit discount and no tax.

 

Police Week Schedule:

 

May 12th

  • Early arrival day for west coast survivors.  You need to arrive a day early because of travel time and the time difference between EST and PST.  If you fly in on May 13th, you may miss the Candlelight Vigil.
  • We are working with the Port to provide SeaTac Airport parking and Security Escort by Port of Seattle Police.
  • Airport pickup for survivors only at Reagan National Airport.  Uniformed officers will greet the flight and escort you to your hotel.
  • There are no scheduled activities; you may want to rest after your travels.  Many survivors like to visit the Memorial.

 

May 13th

  • Conference check in at the host hotel – Hilton Alexandra at Mark Center.
  • Once checked in – feel free to do some sight seeing and/or meet other survivors.
  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM - Road to Hope Reception – Hilton Alexandra at Mark Center.
  • There are buses to take survivors and officers to the Candlelight Vigil. They run from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Buses take you directly to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at Judiciary Square.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and layered clothing.

 

  • 8:00 p.m. – Candlelight Vigil.
  • 9:00 p.m. – Reading of the newly engraved names
  • 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (approximate) Buses from Judiciary Square to hotels.

 

  • Note: There are limited options for food.  There is a Burger King a few blocks away.  Be sure to eat well before you leave or bring snack foods with you to see you through the evening.

 

  • Note: Thousands of people attend the Vigil. Seats are not saved. If you want to sit close to the stage to take in the Vigil, it is important to be on one of the first buses leaving the hotel for the Memorial site.


May 14th

 

  • Concerns of Police Survivors conference begins.
    • 8:00 a.m. complimentary continental breakfast at the Hilton.
    • 8:15 a.m. “C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens” meet in the Magnolia Room for trip to the FBI Academy.
    • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Day care available for infants through pre-school age children/stepchildren and minor-aged siblings.
    • 9:00 a.m. Escort officers meeting.
    • 9:00 a.m. - Opening session - Plaza Ballroom.
    • 9:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m. - Survivor breakout sessions for survivors and co-workers only.
    • Noon - Lunch provided for survivors only.
    • 1:00 p.m. - Survivor breakout sessions for survivors and co-workers only.
    • 4:30 p.m. - “C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens” return to Hilton.
    • 4:30 p.m. One representative (primary survivor suggested) from each new surviving family meets with national Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) members to discuss alignment for the May 15th Memorial Service.
    • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Troopers Tour of the Capital for new survivors and escort officer(s). Prior year’s survivors cannot take this tour.

 

May 15th

 

  • Memorial Service.
  • This is a very long day – be sure to bring umbrella, water, snacks, sunscreen.
  • 8:00 a.m. First year survivors - Plaza Ballroom.  You will be organized by state and in alphabetical order for the service, and then board buses. You will receive a boxed breakfast on the bus.
  • 11:00 a.m. Peace Officers Memorial Service - Capitol.  The service is usually over about 2 p.m. The decorated wreath is then taken to the National Law Enforcement Memorial, where it is presented in an FOP wreath-laying ceremony, and then guarded for the remainder of the evening.
  • Once the service is over, you are free to do what you want for the balance of the day.

 

May 16th

 

  • Concerns of Police Survivors conference continues.
  • 8:00 a.m. complimentary continental breakfast at the Hilton.
  • 8:15 a.m. “C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens” meet in the Magnolia Room for trip to Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy.
  • 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Day care available for infants through pre-school age children/stepchildren and minor-aged siblings.
  • 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Survivor breakout sessions for survivors and co-workers only.
  • Noon - Lunch provided for survivors only.
  • 1:00 a.m. - Closing session - Plaza Ballroom.
  • 4:30 p.m. - “C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens” return to Hilton.
  • 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dinner - “Picnic on the Patio” – a time to have some fun and unwind!

 

May 17th

 

  • Official departure day

 

If you need anything, call us:
 

WAStateC.O.PS. 24/7 Hotline: 425-522-COPS (2677)