Approximately 1,000 motorcycle enthusiasts from around the state of Maryland traveled to Upper Marlboro to participate in an event that commemorated police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and the family members who survive them. As reported by Gazette.Net and published on June 11, the 14th annual Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) ride was held in Upper Marlboro at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89 on June 9.
The ride was hosted by the Maryland chapter of COPS. The president of the Maryland chapter, Sue Nickerson of Chestertown, said that the organization helps family members left behind by fallen police officers by providing educational, financial, and emotional support to the survivors. The organization offers grief counseling and other psychological counseling, benefit payments, payment for scholarships for children of police officers killed in the line of duty, as well as seminars intended to inform family members about benefits available to them.
Nickerson’s own involvement in COPS began when her son and his partner were gunned down while they were responding to a 2001 noise complaint in Queen Anne’s County. One of the co-founders of the COPS ride lost his life in a traffic accident while on duty in Prince George’s County.
The COPS motorcycle ride annually raises an average of $100,000 from participant riders and from vendors. The ride does a tremendous job at making a difference for families of fallen police officers. The event is back in Prince George’s County after previously being held in Howard County. One club participating in the ride was the Nam Knights Motorcycle Club, made up of veterans and law enforcement personnel.
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