Law enforcement officers and gun manufacturers have a tight bond. The manufacturers provide reliable, life-saving firearms while law enforcement agencies buy guns by the hundreds. Glock, which has contracts with about 65 percent of America’s police agencies, recently set out to strengthen that relationship with a $50,000 check to the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS).
Tragically, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty every year in America. COPS aims to aid the fallen officers’ family, friends and coworkers through the grieving process. The non-profit organization provides resources to the survivors, offers scholarships to the children of fallen officers, and it gives counseling to friends, family members, and the police department. Overall, these guys do some truly commendable work.
And the recent $50,000 check is going to help them do a lot more good in the world. The donation ceremony occurred at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference on Oct. 1. Glock has kept up this tradition for six consecutive years, bringing the total donation sum to a cool $300,000. By comparison, the annual COPS Walk in Washington, D.C., typically raises about $200,000 each year. This $50,000 promises to be a hefty chunk of the organization’s annual donations.
Bob Radecki, the regional sales manager for Glock, explained, “Police officers across the country put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve their community. Glock recognizes that valiant dedication and is proud to support police officers and their loved ones. The COPS organization is a class-act and one that does tremendous work for police families and we’re happy to support their effort.”
Law enforcement officers aren’t universally loved, but even if you aren’t terribly fond of the police you have to admit that COPS is a worthwhile organization. No child or spouse deserves to hear that their beloved family member was killed on the job. COPS does what it can to help people cope with the void of a lost parent or spouse.
Hopefully, Glock will continue its generosity and hit the new $350,000 record next year. It’s probably likely because Glock tends to be fairly unrestrained with its checkbook. They also this year donated $115,000 and 30 pistols across four different organizations within the NRA this year. Granted, $165,000 in donations for this year is a drop in the bucket compared to what Glock brings in annually, but every little bit that they give back to the gun community helps.