Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program
The Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, proposes this rule to amend regulations which implement the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Act, as amended. The Act provides financial support to certain public safety officers, or their survivors and families, when such officers die, or become permanently and totally disabled, as a result of line-of-duty injuries. The proposed rule would incorporate recent statutory amendments to the program, specifically, to provide coverage for chaplains and the addition of certain life insurance beneficiaries, and to provide coverage for certain heart attack and stroke cases. The proposed rule also would amend the regulations to incorporate longstanding internal agency policy and practice, court decisions, and certain technical changes, in order to make the regulations more comprehensive and user-friendly.