The new Chairman of Leicestershire County Council, Ozzy O’Shea, has chosen to support Care of Police Survivors (COPS) during his year in the role.
A retired police officer who served with Leicestershire Police for 43 years, Ozzy is passionate about raising funds and increasing the profile of COPS while undertaking his civic duties.
He said: “It gives me great pleasure to be able to support COPS, a charity close to my heart. I have lost colleagues on duty during my career and I know the trauma and pain that their families go through. COPS are there in their hour of need.”
COPS supports the families of police officers who have lost their lives on duty, helping them to rebuild their lives. The charity runs peer support events, enabling survivors to establish support networks, and also funds counselling for its beneficiaries.
COPS Chief Executive, Tim Buckley, added: “We are delighted that Ozzy has chosen to support COPS during his year as County Council Chairman. The funds he raises will enable us to ensure that survivors have the help they need to cope with the devastation of losing a loved one, and that they remain part of the police family as they rebuild their lives.”
Ozzy’s police career saw him serve as a police officer and later working in a civilian capacity as a supervisor in the force’s operations room.
He has been married to Jenny for 41 years and they have two sons, two daughters and nine grandchildren.
More information about Care of Police Survivors (COPS) is available at: www.ukcops.org