Attorney General Miyares has added his name in a letter of 52 other attorneys general urging Congress to pass The Public Safety Officer Support Act of 2022. The bill is designed to further support public safety officers who suffer from work-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The Public Safety Officer Support Act of 2022 supports public safety officers suffering from PTSD by:
- Designating work-related PTSD as a “line-of-duty” injury for eligible officers and those disabled from attempted suicide.
- Extending the death and disability benefits under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program to certain public safety officers and families of officers who die by trauma-linked suicide.
“Police officers, firefighters, and first responders are community heroes that put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe,” Miyares said. “Every day they do their jobs, knowing they are always risking injury, trauma, and even their lives. The Public Safety Officer Support Act of 2022 is the least we can do to support and thank them for their sacrifice. That is why I am urging Congress to pass it immediately and get life-saving aid to those who most deserve it.”
In the letter, the attorneys general praised the efforts of police, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians for their work in responding to stressful and potentially traumatic situations.
The bill has received widespread support from police and first responder support groups, such as the American Psychological Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, National Association of Police Organizations, Sergeants Benevolent Association, National Sheriffs Association, Blue H.E.L.P, the National Border Patrol Council, and the United States Capitol Police Labor Committee.