In Line of Duty Deaths

Tennessee Officer Death Benefits

Application Procedures
Compensation for Death of Law Enforcement Officer Killed in the Line of Duty

Tenn. Code Ann. § 7-51-208 authorizes a payment of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) to the estate of certain law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

To be eligible for compensation, each of the following criteria must be met:

1.  The deceased law enforcement officer must have been an employee of a state, municipality, or political sub-division of the State of Tennessee;

2.  The deceased law enforcement officer must have been a law enforcement officer with such department.  Law enforcement officer means the sheriff, sheriff's deputies, or any police officer employed by the municipality or political sub-division of the state of Tennessee;

3.  The deceased law enforcement officer's primary responsibility must have been the prevention and detection of crime and the apprehension of offenders; and

4.  The death must have occurred as a result of the actual discharge of the duties of the position of a law enforcement officer.

To receive compensation conferred by this statute, the executor, administrator or other appropriate representative of the estate of a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty must apply to the Commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Insurance.

The application for compensation shall include all of the following documentation:

1.  A cover letter from the applicant requesting the payment;

2.  Proof that the applicant is authorized to act on behalf of the deceased law enforcement officer's estate (e.g., letters testamentary or letters of administration);

3.  A notarized and signed AFFIDAVIT from an appropriate local government official or the sheriff, or the chief of police of the deceased law enforcement officer's department containing the following:
a)  Confirmation of the deceased's employment status as a law enforcement officer, as defined by Tenn. Code Ann. § 7-51-208(a)(2), required to prevent and detect crime and apprehend offenders;
b)  Name of the department;
c)  Date of death;  and
d)  A statement from the law enforcement officer's department that the law enforcement officer's death occurred as a result of the discharge of responsibilities in the line of duty.

4.  A true copy of the deceased's death certificate or, in the Commissioner's or designee's discretion, a copy of a true copy.

Please submit the application, affidavit and required documentation to:

Commissioner of Commerce & Insurance
ATTN: Robert Lee Wright, Chief of Fiscal Services
Department of Commerce & Insurance
Davy Crockett Building, 11th Floor
500 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Questions concerning application or payments should be directed to the Department's Chief of Fiscal Services, Robert Lee Wright, at 615-532-0521 or

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Federal Benefits for Tennessee Officers: Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation

The Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation was created with two goals in mind:

The first and foremost is to assist the survivors of officers who have been killed in the line of duty to obtain all of the statutory benefits that may be available to them.

The second goal is to provide each family coping with their loss with a lasting symbol of recognition for the life of service the officer courageously gave.

Run by a 30 man Board of Trustees of sworn officers and recognized by the Bureau of Justice Assistance as a valuable resource to law enforcement, The Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation can provide you with the most current and up to date federal and state benefits available to the family.

For more information contact Lynsey Branaugh at, click here to visit The Badge of Honor website, or click the image below for the 2016 Agency Casualty Assistance Guide.


Click here for the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program Fact Sheet


Click here for the Officer Down Memorial Page.

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