A Community of Support Behind the Badge
Police Officers are truly selfless. With the personal sacrifices they make to protect the thin blue line of justice, they are true heroes and inspirations. But that selflessness doesn’t come without a price. Long hours, sacrifice of family time, and the daily threat of being in the line of fire, it makes for a difficult and emotional rollercoaster for the officer, their wives, and families. Outside of each other, it is hard for police families to find invaluable resources helping cope with a life of service.
Wives Behind the Badge was started as both on online and face-to-face support system for wives and families. Started by a wife of an active police officer, Rose Winick wanted to be able to find advice, suggestions, and encouragement from similar individuals dealing with the same daily struggles as she was. The long nights wondering where her husband was, wondering if he was safe and okay, can be very isolating and lonely.
Fortunately Wives Behind the Badge aims to remedy that loneliness through online support forums and face to face volunteers aimed at providing a community for wives and families who keep safe those who keep us all safe. The organization's administrative staff and volunteers are based all over the nation and are working to expand with more volunteer positions around the nation that provide face to face support and activities for police families. Wives are The Rock, The Ear, and The Heart that encourage the police to get the job done. Wives Behind the Badge is a remote volunteer run organization. Because the staff and volunteers are located all over the nation, there are many resources both off and on-line to help support officer’s families.
Wivesbehindthebadge.org provides many different online resources to the wives and families of police officers. They provide online support forums for wives and families of officers.
These online forums provide general encouragement, advice, and stories from other wives with husbands in the line of duty. The forums originally started with just a handful of people and have now grown to over 200 wives and families interacting all over the nation.
Blue Line Kids is an online community forum for children aged birth to 17 to have a special place to seek support and advice growing up in a family with a police officer. They provide support, interesting educational lessons, and fun opportunities to engage children at their level.
These scholarships help support individuals in achieving their dreams and lightening the financial stresses for the families. Scholarships are available for both spouses and children. These scholarships are offered annually and funded through volunteer donations and grants.
Helping Aid Lost Officers Survivors is a program designed to encourage and support the families who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Condolence cards are sent to the families with contact information for a local volunteer, known as an angel, to provide face to face support through this hard time.
HALOBLK is another support program which provides handmade quilts to families of fallen officers. Through a national group of volunteers, quilts are made for ages 0-18 as a physical show of support through hard times. There are chapters all over the nation that help create theses quilts.
WivesBehindtheBadge.org is also a direct supporter of National Police Week. Started by JFK in 1967, National Police Week is an annual event is held as a celebration and memorandum for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. National Police week is held around the May 15th Peace Officers Memorial Day. The event packs a ton of activities at Senate Park in Washington, DC aimed at showing support for those in service.
This year, Wives Behind the Badge is excited to be a participant in the conference. They will be participating in the major events including the Candlelight Vigil and Memorial Service, as well as offering one-on-one and community support. They will also be helping new families sign up to their community forums as well as recruiting volunteers to help spread their message of support all over the nation.
Bee the Swarm will be donating 100% of the proceeds earned playing Zombees to Wives Behind the Badge’s participation and support of the National Police Week Conference. This is such an important opportunity for this non-profit to support those families whose loved ones have made the largest sacrifice in the line of duty. We want to make sure that Wives Behind the Badge has the ability to spread their support and resources to those spouses and families who need it. Stay tuned as we continue updating you on how these finances will benefit Wives Behind the Badges participation.
For more information on National Police Week you can go to their website to see all activities. This will be updated with more information daily.
If you are a wife or family of a police officer you can contact Wives Behind the Badge via their website. They offer online forum support, question about auxiliary programs, and scholarships as well as how you can volunteer with their program in a variety of capacities.