The birth of the concept of Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.), which was officially organized on May 14, 1984. On that day 110 law enforcement survivors from all across the country gathered for the first annual National Police Survivors' Seminar held in Washington, DC. At that activity, the survivors voted unanimously to organize C.O.P.S as a totally separate entity from any police organization so the needs of any law enforcement surviving family could be met regardless of what police political affiliation the officer had with various police labor organizations.