daystarsearcher (daystarsearcher) wrote in little_details,

financial assistance to children of police officers slain in line of duty

Setting: Chicago. The shooting would have taken place in the mid-1990s, and the embezzlement anytime in the last few years.

Questions: My main character loses both of her police officer parents in a shooting; what kind of financial assistance will she get from the police department or from the government? Also, how easy or difficult would it be for her legal guardian to embezzle this assistance, before or after she becomes a legal adult?

Search Methods/Terms: Googling "police officer death benefit" has given me a wealth of information on what exists at the moment (the Officer Down Memorial Page is great), but it's difficult to figure out what the situation would have been in the mid-1990s. Apparently the Law Enforcement Officers, Civil Defense Workers, Civil Air Patrol Members, Paramedics and Firemen Compensation Act was amended in 1995, but I can't find what it was amended from into its current form.

(Cross-posting to ask_a_cop.)
Tags: usa: government: law enforcement (misc), ~law enforcement (misc)

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