FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

Police Survivors Group Says No Worries About Obama's Death-Benefit Cut

May 12, 2009  | 

President Obama's proposed reduction of death benefits is "meaningless" and will not reduce the amount paid to survivors who lose their loved ones in the line of duty, according to a leading grief-support agency for law enforcement families.

The Public Safety Officers' Death Benefits Program provides families of slain officers with a $300,000 lump-sum payment. Between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty each year.

"After speaking with Laurie Robinson and the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the Department of Justice, we have been assured that this reduction will have no impact on PSOB or the benefit paid to surviving families of fallen public safety officers," says Suzie Sawyer, the executive director for Concerns of Police Survivors. "The law that provides for PSOB is written in a way that allows Justice to use "such sums as may be necessary" to administer the PSOB program."

The group's national office in Camdenton, Mo., issued its tacit endorsement of Obama’s proposal May 8. That same day, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) fired off its own letter to Obama "expressing disappointment in the administration’s proposal to cut almost in half the benefits program for the families of slain police and safety officers."

Obama's budget proposal reduces the amount of funds allocated to the benefits program from $110 million to $60 million, leaving an amount that still easily covers the annual payouts.

Still, Paul M. Weber, LAPPL president, questioned Obama's commitment to law enforcement in a statement. The league represents the 9,800 officers of the Los Angeles Police Department.

"It is especially disheartening to see the tremendous cut in the program," according to Weber's statement. "Are the families of police officers killed in the line of duty, while serving our community, lower on the priority list of this administration than a corporate bailout?"

Weber added that he hoped Obama would "take the opportunity during National Police Week to state support for full funding of the program for the families of slain police and safety officers."

Several law enforcement memorial events were scheduled for Washington D.C. during National Police Week from May 10-16.

The fund is expected to cover all paid benefits after the cut. If a shortfall caused by an incident such as 9-11 were to happen, the Department of Justice could pay survivor claims "simply by asking for more money from the Department of Treasury," according to Sawyer.

Tags: LAPD, Death Benefits, Concerns of Police Survivors, Barack Obama

Request more info about this product / service / company


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Kentucky Chief Deputy Dead in Apparent Suicide
The second-in-command at the Jefferson County (Ky.) Sheriff's Office was found dead Monday...
DOJ Reveals Plans to Review Baltimore PD
A U.S. Department of Justice official pledged Monday to conduct a thorough, independent...
Law Signed to Curb Cop Killer's 'Obscene Celebrity'
Ignoring the chants of protesters on the block where a police officer was killed and the...
Video: Shooting of El Paso Police Officer Connected to 2 Bodies Found
Two bodies found at separate locations Tuesday are linked to the shooting of an El Paso...
Crash Kills Missouri Police Officer/Fire Chief on Way to Fire
An Alton, Mo., police officer who is also a firefighter died after a crash on Monday....

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine