Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time does a public safety officer have to file a Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program disability benefits claim after an officer has suffered a catastrophic, line-of-duty injury that has left him permanently and totally disabled?

Per the PSOB regulations, unless a waiver is granted, a claim for disability benefits must be filed either:

  • within three years of the public safety officer's injury; or
  • within one year after line-of-duty disability benefits (such as Workers Compensation) have been received or denied by the officer's agency; if such benefits are being received by the officer, they must be the maximum legally payable by the agency with respect to disabled public safety officers of his kind, rank, and tenure.


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