Believing in the philosophy that we cannot merely prosecute our way out of crime, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota also engages in community outreach in an effort to prevent crime, address livability issues, and promote good citizenship. This work is done primarily through the Office’s Community Relations Division (“CRD”).
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JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES IMPROVEMENTS TO PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS’ BENEFITS PROGRAM
New Rule Will Update and Improve Program, Including Benefits for September 11th Attack Victims
The Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program provides death and education benefits to the eligible survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty.
The final rule announced today streamlines provisions related to claims for certain heart attack, stroke, and vascular rupture cases, and clarifies that injuries sustained by certain law enforcement and firefighter trainees are covered by the Program. The rule also aligns the PSOB Program with certain provisions under the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), in addition to addressing other gaps in regulations, and improving the efficiency of the PSOB Program claims process.
Improvements and updates to the Program include:
•Heart Attack, Stroke, and Vascular Rupture Claims: The new rule helps implement a change in the law that reduces the need in many cases for families to submit difficult-to-find and costly medical records for their loved ones. This regulatory change alone positively impacts nearly one-third of the PSOB death claims filed each year.
•Filing Process: The new rule includes administrative updates to make filing claims more straightforward and less burdensome for survivors and public safety agencies.
•Law Enforcement and Firefighter Trainees: Recognizing the dangerous nature of law enforcement and fire suppression, and the rigorous training required to help keep communities safe, the new rule clarifies the coverage of certain individuals fatally or catastrophically injured during formal training provided by law enforcement and fire academies.
•September 11th Exposure Claims: The new rule facilitates the PSOB Program’s medical examiners’ review of the nearly 150 claims pending for certain public safety officers who responded to the September 11th attacks to assist in rescue, recovery, and clean-up efforts, and who were exposed to hazards and toxins resulting from the attacks.
The final rule can be found here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/15/2018-09640/public-safety-officers-benefits-program.
Additional Law Enforcement support programs are available at: https://www.bja.gov/programs/policeweek.html?utm_source=bja.gov&utm_campaign=policeweek&utm_medium=web
Department of Justice Available Funding Opportunities:
Annually the Department of Justice, through its component offices awards billions of dollars in funding to state, local, tribal law enforcement, as well as community organizations across the United States to address a broad range of criminal and juvenile justice issues. Last Fiscal Year alone, DOJ awarded over $61 million throughout the state of Minnesota.
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies. Because most of the responsibility for crime control and prevention falls to law enforcement officers in states, cities, and neighborhoods, the federal government can be effective in these areas only to the extent that it can enter into partnerships with these officers. To learn more about OJP and its funding opportunities please visit: https://ojp.gov/funding/index.htm
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation's state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources. Community policing begins with a commitment to building trust and mutual respect between police and communities. It is critical to public safety, ensuring that all stakeholders work together to address our nation's crime challenges. When police and communities collaborate, they more effectively address underlying issues, change negative behavioral patterns, and allocate resources. The COPS Office awards grants to hire community policing professionals, develop and test innovative policing strategies, and provide training and technical assistance to community members, local government leaders, and all levels of law enforcement. Since 1994, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to help advance community policing. To learn more about COPS office and its funding opportunities, please visit: https://cops.usdoj.gov/grants
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. To learn more about OVW and its funding opportunities, please visit: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/grant-programs
The U.S. Attorney and Assistant U.S. Attorneys, along with other Office staff, regularly speak at schools and community meetings regarding the work of the Office as well as specific law enforcement or crime prevention issues of interest. Topics cover everything from human trafficking, grants and training opportunities, opioid abuse, financial fraud, and national security. If you are interested in obtaining a speaker for your group, contact Angie LaTour, Director of Community Outreach, at Angella.LaTour@usdoj.gov.