The below MPERS Handbook should be used for reference only and should not be used for decision making purposes, as it may not contain all specifics to the applicable statutes.
PAYMENT TO SURVIVORS BY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
The Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program provides a one-time financial benefit to the eligible survivors of federal, state, and local police, fire and emergency public safety officers killed in the line of duty and to officers who are permanently and totally disabled as the result of traumatic injuries sustained in the line of duty.
The Public Safety Officers’ Educational Assistance (PSOEA) Program provides financial support for higher education to the spouses and children of public safety officers killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty.
There are specific rules for qualification for this benefit and eligible survivors are specifically defined. For more information regarding a claim you should contact the municipality for which the deceased or disabled public safety officer worked or the U.S. Department of Justice. The U.S. Department of Justice will make the final determination on whether and to whom a benefit should be paid.
They may be contacted at:
PAYMENT TO SURVIVING SPOUSE AND CHILDREN BY STATE OF LOUISIANA
R.S.33:2201 — provides some financial security for the surviving spouse and children of law enforcement officers when such officers suffer death as a result of any injury arising out of and in the course of the performance of his official duties as such officer, or arising out of any activity, while on or off duty, in the protection of life or property. Within ten days after the employing authority has knowledge of the death of a law enforcement officer under these circumstances, notification shall be made to the Law Enforcement Officers and Firemen’s Survivor Benefit Review Board.
In case of death described above, a lump sum payment shall be paid to the surviving spouse and, in addition, if the officer is survived by dependent children, a lump sum payment shall be paid for each dependent child. Payment shall be made by the state risk manager out of the Self-Insurance Fund created in R.S. 39:1533(A). Within ten days after the employing authority has knowledge of the death of a law enforcement officer.
Further information may be obtained from the office of the Attorney General.
SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS BY STATE OF LOUISIANA
Any child of a commissioned, full-time police officer who was killed or is permanently disabled after January 1, 1973, in the course and scope of the performance of his duties, which child is otherwise eligible and meets all of the entrance requirements of a state supported college or university situated in Louisiana, shall be admitted to such college or university without the payment of any fees for tuition, books or other charges, including room and board charges, as long as such child meets the academic standards and complies with the rules and regulations of such college or university required for attendance therein as a full-time student. Such exemption shall exist for such child for the number of semesters required of a full-time student to obtain one bachelor degree offered by such college or university. In no event shall such scholarship exceed eight semesters for any one child. R.S.17:1681 AND 1681.1
For further information and application procedures regarding special scholarships, please contact the Admissions, Registrar’s or Financial Aid office of the state supported college or university at which your child seeks admittance. These scholarships are not funded or provided by the retirement system.