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CAMDENTON, Miss. -- The Foundation for Improvement of Justice announced that Suzie Sawyer, Executive Director of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), is one of the six recipients of the 2010 Paul H. Chapman Award. Suzie has served as Executive Director of C.O.P.S. for 27 years. Ms. Sawyer is recognized for co-founding C.O.P.S. and her work with the surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
Each winner will receive the Paul H. Chapman medal, a certificate of appreciation, a commendation bar pin, and a check for $10,000 at the Foundation’s awards banquet on September 25, 2010. The Foundation for Improvement of Justice is a private, not-for-profit organization that was founded for the purpose of improving local, state and federal systems of justice. The mission is to recognize innovative and effective works and/or programs whose efforts have made positive influential differences in the United States criminal and civil judicial arenas.
Since 1974, Suzie has been extremely active with law enforcement and law enforcement survivor issues. In 1982, she initiated the annual May 15th National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service while serving as National Secretary for the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary and in 1984 was a co-founder of Concerns of Police Survivors. Also in 1984, Suzie was an incorporator for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and has served as Secretary of that organization since 1984. She served as National President of the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary from 1985 until 1989 and has served as C.O.P.S. Executive Director from 1984 to the present. Suzie is a certified law enforcement trainer and has made hundreds of presentations on law enforcement death and survivor issues.
Having just announced her plans for a May 2011 retirement, Ms. Sawyer is extremely honored to receive this recognition from the Foundation for Improvement of Justice Award honoring her 27 years of service to America’s law enforcement survivors.