LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
Benefits are available to sworn full-time
law enforcement officers with the power of arrest & primary duty of
enforcing criminal laws on public property.
Separate Insurance Benefit Plan: Automatic enrollment. The plan provides certain temporary
disability and death benefits to qualified active and retired participants.
The company that currently provides coverage is the Hartford Insurance
Company. Their toll-free telephone number is 1-888-232-5340.
Allowance for Local Officers: § 143‑166.42. Special separation allowances for local officers.
(a)On and after January 1, 1987, every
sworn law enforcement officer as defined by G.S. 128‑21(11b) or G.S.
143‑166.50(a)(3) employed by a local government employer who qualifies
under this section shall receive, beginning in the month in which the officer
retires on a basic service retirement under the provisions of G.S. 128‑27(a),
an annual separation allowance equal to eighty‑five hundredths percent
(0.85%) of the annual equivalent of the base rate of compensation most
recently applicable to the officer for each year of creditable service. The
allowance shall be paid in equal installments on the payroll frequency used
by the employer. To qualify for the allowance, the officer shall:
(1) Have (i) completed 30 or more years of
creditable service or (ii) have attained 55 years of age
and completed five or more years of
creditable service; and
(2) Not have attained 62 years of age; and
(3) Have completed at least five years of
continuous service as a law enforcement officer as herein defined immediately
preceding a service retirement. Any break in the continuous service required
by this subsection because of disability retirement or disability salary
continuation benefits shall not adversely affect an officer's qualification
to receive the allowance, provided the officer returns to service within 45
days after the disability benefits cease and is otherwise qualified to
receive the allowance.
(b)As used in this section,
"creditable service" means the service for which credit is allowed
under the retirement system of which the officer is a member, provided that
at least fifty percent (50%) of the service is as a law enforcement officer
as herein defined.
(c)Payment to a retired officer under the
provisions of this section shall cease at the first of:
(1) The death of the officer;
(2) The last day of the month in which the
officer attains 62 years of age; or
(3) The first day of reemployment by a
local government employer in any capacity.
the provisions of subdivision (3) of this subsection, a local government
employer may employ retired officers in a public safety position in a
capacity not requiring participation in the Local Governmental Employees'
Retirement System, and doing so shall not cause payment to cease to those
officers under the provisions of this section.
(d) This section does not affect the
benefits to which an individual may be entitled from State, local, federal,
or private retirement systems. The benefits payable under this section shall
not be subject to any increases in salary or retirement allowances that may
be authorized by local government employers or for retired employees of local
(e) The governing body of each local
employer shall determine the eligibility of employees for the benefits
(f) The governing body of each local
employer shall make the payments set forth in subsection (a) of this section
to those persons certified under subsection (e) of this section from funds
available. (1985 (Reg. Sess., 1986), c. 1019, s. 2;
2009‑396, s. 1.)
State Death Benefits: Benefit to eligible survivor (spouse,
children or parent of LEO killed in line of duty).