The Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program, established by Congress in 1976, is the only federal resource available for injured law enforcement officers and the families of fallen officers. The parameters to qualify for PSOB funds are very specific, and many officers who are injured in the line of duty are eligible for very little or no assistance at all. On a more local level, benefits for officers are managed in a decentralized system and vary widely from state to state.
Code 3 recognizes that support for injured officers is extremely limited, and we hope to fill the gaps for our recipients wherever possible. However, we also believe that there is a
significant need to upgrade our nation’s benefits system in order to provide a higher standard of care for injured officers. In 2019, we began efforts with a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators to draft the Helping Extend Responding Officers Expansive Support (HEROES) Act, which aims to expand benefits and raise the standard of care for first responders across the country.