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Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program Fact Sheet

NCJ Number
Date Published
July 2015
2 pages

After reviewing the benefits of the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program, this fact sheet lists the documents required for filing a PSOB death claim and a PSOB disability claim.


The PSOB provides benefits for persons and their families who are employed in law enforcement, firefighting, and other first-responder services. The PSOB provides a one-time benefit to eligible survivors of public safety officers whose deaths were the direct and proximate result of an injury sustained in the line of duty on or after September 29, 1976. The PSOB also provides a one-time benefit to eligible public safety officers who were permanently and totally disabled due to a catastrophic injury sustained in the line of duty on or after November 29, 1990. Officers who qualify for this benefit must have been permanently prevented from performing any gainful work in the future. A PSOB education benefit provides support for higher education to eligible spouses and children of public safety officers who died in the line of duty or were catastrophically disabled in the line of duty. For information on current benefit amounts and additional information on how to file a PSOB claim, go to the PSOB web site at www.psob.gov.