Surviving Family Members of CPOs/COs (Chapter 615 Benefits)
Benefits under Chapter 615 may be payable to beneficiaries of a member who dies “In the Line of Duty.” Occupational death means death from an injury resulting from an external force, an activity, or a disease caused by or resulting from a line of duty accident or from an illness caused by line-of-duty work under hazardous conditions. The term includes death from accidents or illnesses that directly results from an action a person is required or authorized by rule, condition of employment, or law to perform, including an action performed by the person at a social, ceremonial, athletic, or other function to which the person is assigned by the person’s employer.
The surviving spouse may receive a lump sum payment of $500,000, or the amount designated by the ERS Board of Trustees and monthly payments may be made to minor children (under 18). An eligible surviving spouse and minor children may be entitled to continue health benefits.
In the event of the death of a LECOS officer of TDCJ, the surviving spouse may be eligible to receive a monthly annuity and may receive a benefit up to but not to exceed $6,000 for funeral expenses.
Higher education benefits, which may include exemption from tuition, housing, textbooks, and fees at qualified Texas institutions of higher education, may be available to the surviving spouse or surviving children.
TDCJ eligible spouses and children of custodial officers who are disabled or killed in the line of duty may be eligible for assistance. This benefit provides financial assistance for higher education to spouses and children. Approval is subject to criteria established by the Federal Government.
Laundry and barber services are available to TDCJ employees.
TDCJ eligible custodial officers who are permanently and totally disabled by a catastrophic injury sustained in the line of duty or eligible survivors of custodial officers who are killed in the line of duty may be eligible for Public Safety Officer's Benefits. This benefit is a one-time payment. Approval is subject to criteria established by the Federal Government.
The Texas Legal Protection Plan (TLPP) is a Group Legal Benefit. Participation is voluntary and makes legal services more affordable. The employee establishes a bank draft payable directly to the TLPP. View additional information.
Uniforms are provided for authorized security staff and laundry of uniforms are provided at no charge.
Unit Commissary privileges are available to TDCJ employees.
Unit meal privileges are available to TDCJ employees.
TDCJ employees who sustain a work-related injury/illness may be eligible for Workers' Compensation benefits as determined by the State Office of Risk Management (SORM). View PD-45, Workers' Compensation and Return to Work Program, for additional information.
Page updated: 07/13/2021