July 20, 2019

By Jordan Russo-Hicks
Intern for the Tribune

For the officers that are injured in the line of duty or diagnosed with life-threatening illness while serving our cities and counties, funds raised by these spouses will aid efforts of those in need. It is during these instances that officers need financial assistance to help with day to day expenses. These are expenses people rarely think about that become a financial burden and are not covered by insurance or the departments but are affected by reduced compensation and family time off work. The West Central MO Police Wives (WCMOPW) fund also goes to help support departments that need assistance with their K-9 Officers and equipment that is needed for these K-9’s and their handlers to perform their jobs safely.

On August 10th, the organization is putting together one large fundraiser: WCMOPW Trivia Night. The entry fee for the fundraiser is $20. Ticket Sales are from July 16 through August 10th. There will also be a raffle table the night of the the event with numerous different raffle items present and more raffles in an auction held online. The online auction held at, www.charityauctionstoday.com/t/west-central-mo-police-wives-fundraising-trivia-night-f92763b1d5, on August 8th is for everyone.

The WCMOPW are the wives and significant others that encompass all agencies in Western Missouri, within the following counties; Cass, Clay, Jackson, Ray, Bates, Platte, and supporting agencies of Missouri Regional Lodge #50. This is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to supporting one another in a daily commitment to support LEO loved ones on the streets.

While encouraging friendships and activities along with helping local law enforcement, this organization holds many activities throughout the year. Membership is granted to women and men engaged or married to an active LEO or retired officer. To anyone whose spouse may have reached his or her “end of watch”, the organization welcomes all, with open arms.

The West Central Missouri Police Wives was formed to build a lifetime community based on unique understanding of law enforcement. The organization is committed to providing resources and support to officers and families through information, socialization and volunteered services.

Diana Owings is the outreach coordinator with the West Central Missouri Police Wives.

To reach her or other members their Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/westcentralmopolicewives/