22 May Code 3 Endorses Bi-Partisan HEROES Act to Close Benefits Gap for Police Injured in the Line of Duty

WASHINGTON, DC – Code 3, a nonprofit organization with a mission to care for cops and the communities they serve, today endorsed the HEROES Act of 2018, which would help address inequitable benefits for law enforcement officers who have been permanently and severely injured in the line of duty.

The Helping Extend Responding Officers Expanding Support (HEROES) Act, introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), would mandate the collection of data on disabled public safety officers nationwide; ensure that higher education assistance is made available to affected families of all injured officers; provide greater flexibility in how federal resources are awarded to families of injured officers; and commission research to determine the amount of medical care needed by injured officers over their lifetime.

“We urge Congress to swiftly advance the HEROES Act on behalf of the many law enforcement officers who are severely injured in the line of duty every day,” said Dale Sutherland, founder and president of Code 3. “We also commend Senators Graham, Whitehouse and Coons for their commitment to ensuring that injured officers and their families have access to the support and resources they need to thrive long-term.”

Code 3 provides one-on-one benefits counseling, short-term financial support and direction on new vocational opportunities to injured officers through its national Helping Our Heroes campaign. For more information about our work to support injured officers, visit www.code3forchange.org/helping-our-heroes.

About Code 3

Founded in 2015, Code 3 is a nonprofit organization that advocates for police officers injured in the line of duty, works with cops and communities to address the nation’s growing opioid epidemic and engages cops and citizens in community outreach. With decades of experience in law enforcement and community affairs, we serve as connectors between cops and the communities they serve, breaking down barriers and creating new opportunities to advance solutions to local challenges. For more information, visit www.code3forchange.org.