While operating as COPSstore, we worked with Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. and were the official source for C.O.P.S. and National Police Week merchandise from 1992 through 2011. Since 2011, we have continued to support C.O.P.S. and its programs through merchandise sales.
COPSstore had its beginnings in 1992 when a group of volunteers offered to help Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. during National Police Week. The volunteers staffed a merchandise table at the C.O.P.S. host hotel.
For the next several years, the merchandise operation grew, almost doubling sales each year. In addition to custom designed Roll Call garments, the merchandise offerings expanded to C.O.P.S. logo merchandise and National Police Week logo merchandise.
More importantly, the COPSstore at National Police Week became a place for survivors to talk, socialize, and mingle outside the formal breakout sessions. Groups of new survivors got to know each other and returning survivors could be found providing comfort to those attending for the first time. Usually, the lines were horribly long but no one seemed to mind. C.O.P.S. is a wonderful organization and we are so honored to have been a part of their growth.
In 2015, C.O.P.S. decided to handle their merchandise in-house. More information can be found at www.nationalcops.org.