Thursday, September 23, 2010

Free LODD Response Training Planned for New Jersey, California

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (US DOJ) have announced two free training seminars for law enforcement agencies in New Jersey and California. These one day training courses will cover the federal Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program, state-specific line of duty death benefits, and the programs made available through C.O.P.S.

How will this training benefit you?

When a public safety officer is killed in the line of duty, it is the responsibility of the employing agency to file a death benefit claim with the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program (PSOB), Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. If approved as a line-of-duty death by PSOB, a tax-exempt death benefit payment is paid to “eligible survivors”. The PSOB presentation will explain the paperwork needed to file a claim, definitions for terms in the eligibility criteria and the process used to review claims. California and New Jersey provide benefits to survivors of fallen public safety officers, and these benefits will also be covered.

C.O.P.S. has programs for all categories of law enforcement survivors to help them along the journey they must take through the grief process. Information on C.O.P.S. will be valuable to law enforcement officers, benefits assistance personnel with the agencies, and law enforcement families.

Speakers at both events will include Hope Janke, Director of Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program (US DOJ) and Jennifer Thacker, Director of National Outreach (C.O.P.S.). Jennifer is also the surviving spouse of Kentucky ABC Investigator Brandon Thacker, slain in the line of duty on April 16, 1998. I have worked closely with both Hope and Jennifer and can personally attest to their commitment to helping survivors.

DO NOT wait until your agency suffers a line of duty death to learn about these benefits, because after the event occurs is too late. If you are in Californian or New Jersey register for this free training today. Registration forms are available below:

New Jersey
Monday, November 1, 2010. 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.
New Jersey Forensic Science Technology Center, Auditorium
1200 Negron Drive
Hamilton, NJ 08691

Deadline for registration is October 15, 2010.
Online registration is available at
(or download flier)

Monday, December 6, 2010. 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.
Orange County Sheriff's Training Academy
15991 Armstrong Avenue
Tustin, CA 92782

Deadline for registration is November 17, 2010.
Online registration is available at
(or download flier)