INJURED OFFICERS INITIATIVE
Presently, benefits for police officers who have been injured in the line of duty are managed locally and vary widely from state to state. 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.
After hearing the stories of many police officers who have outlived the benefits they’ve received or are unaware of the resources available to them, we believe there is a significant need to “upgrade” our nation’s benefits system for injured officers. In 2019, Code 3 began efforts to address this problem, focusing on officers permanently disabled by felonious assault. Working with a bipartisan group of United States Senators, the Helping Extend Responding Officers Expansive Support (HEROES) Act was developed.
The Senate quickly passed the bill with strong bipartisan support on May 16, 2019.
We were told late in 2019 that the House Judiciary Committee planned to take up the bill at some point in early 2020.
We would appreciate your support of this
important effort. You can contact House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerold Nadler (D-NY) to encourage him to bring up and pass the bill. It is critically important to update this program and provide the necessary benefits to the heroes who put their lives on the line for us on a daily basis.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE HEROES ACT
If passed, the HEROES Act would:
Collect better data on the number of killed and disabled law enforcement officers
Increase access to educational assistance for dependents
Allow beneficiaries to receive payments as an annuity
Report to Congress on long-term medical cost
MEET THE HEROES
Meet Lani Pinkney
Meet Will Rogers
Meet Pete LaBoy
Meet Justin Ellis
ADDRESSING THE OPIOID CRISIS
Code 3 has become increasingly focused on educating local police about the scope of the problem, equipping them with the resources
they need to identify and target illegal prescrib-ers, and empowering officers and communities with the life-saving resources they need to help their neighbors before it is too late.
The opioid epidemic has taken the lives of far too many Americans, and communities are grappling with how to effectively fight back.
A major part of this initiative has been a partnership with the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative – also known as RALI. Together with RALI and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, we created the RALI CARES educational program. The program consists of a mobile unit that is outfitted on the inside to look like a teenager or young adult’s bedroom but is filled with hidden warning signs of substance misuse.
In our experience as police officers, we responded to many overdose calls. We learned that most parents don’t know what to look for when it comes to substance misuse happening in their own homes. Signs that were clear to us were not recognized by families. We were compelled to take action.
Today, we have two mobile units that have traveled all over the country educating communities about how to help protect their families. Due to safety concerns around
COVID-19, we have temporarily suspended
in-person tours of the RALI CARES program. As an alternative, we are offering virtual tours of the trailer online. Please click the link below to access an interactive tour of the program and learn the warning signs of substance misuse.
New Virtual Experience