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NAPO updates members on PSOB benefits in relation to COVID-19 exposure

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: April 13, 2020


NAPO updated members regarding how the U.S. Department of Justice’s Public Safety Officers Benefit (PSOB) program will handle COVID-19 Law Enforcement Officer deaths and disability cases.

On March 30, NAPO sent an email to members advising how to prove COVID-19 exposure in the line of duty, and the link between the exposure and the illness and death to assure that PSOB death and disability benefits will be available to officers and their survivors if they are injured or die due to COVID-19.

“As you can see, the response from PSOB is actually about as good as we could have hoped,” wrote NAPO Executive Director Bill Johnson in an email to members April 10. “Please note the explicit reference to incident reports as an example of documentary evidence that may be considered, which is something that NAPO first proposed, based on our input on the conference call. Same thing with the implicit recognition that medical testing for officers is going to be frequently unavailable. This is as close as we can get to a statutory presumption in favor of our officers, until Congress also acts.”

NAPO continues to work with members of Congress to create a presumption in law that an officer who contracts COVID-19 did so in the course of their duties and are automatically eligible for PSOB benefits.

Please click on the Bureau of Justice Assistance letter below for more details.


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