Surviving Family Members of CPOs/COs (Chapter 615 Benefits)
Benefits under Chapter 615 may be payable to beneficiaries of a member
who dies “In the Line of Duty.” Occupational death means death from an
injury resulting from an external force, an activity, or a disease caused
by or resulting from a line of duty accident or from an illness caused by
line-of-duty work under hazardous conditions. The term includes death from
accidents or illnesses that directly results from an action a person is
required or authorized by rule, condition of employment, or law to
perform, including an action performed by the person at a social,
ceremonial, athletic, or other function to which the person is assigned by
the person’s employer.
The surviving spouse may receive a lump sum payment of $500,000, and
monthly payments may be made to minor children (under 18). An eligible
surviving spouse and minor children may be entitled to continue health
In the event of the death of a LECOS officer of TDCJ, the surviving
spouse may be eligible to receive a monthly annuity and may receive a
benefit up to but not to exceed $6,000 for funeral expenses.
education benefits, which may include exemption from tuition, housing,
textbooks, and fees at qualified Texas institutions of higher education,
may be available to the surviving spouse or surviving children.
Federal Law Enforcement Dependents Assistance Act
TDCJ eligible spouses and children of custodial officers who are
disabled or killed in the line of duty may be eligible for assistance.
This benefit provides financial assistance for higher education to spouses
and children. Approval is subject to criteria established by the Federal Government.
Laundry and Barber Services
Laundry and barber services are available to TDCJ employees.
Public Safety Officer’s Benefits
TDCJ eligible custodial officers who are permanently and totally
disabled by a catastrophic injury sustained in the line of duty or
eligible survivors of custodial officers who are killed in the line of
duty may be eligible for Public Safety Officer's Benefits. This benefit is
a one-time payment. Approval is subject to criteria established by the Federal
Texas Legal Protection Plan
The Texas Legal Protection Plan (TLPP) is a Group Legal Benefit.
Participation is voluntary and makes legal services more affordable.
The employee establishes a bank draft payable directly to the TLPP. View additional information.
Uniforms for Security Personnel
Uniforms are provided for authorized security staff and laundry of
uniforms are provided at no charge.
Unit Commissary Privileges
Unit Commissary privileges are available to TDCJ employees.
Unit Meal Privileges
Unit meal privileges are available to TDCJ employees.
TDCJ employees who sustain a work-related injury/illness may be
eligible for Workers' Compensation benefits as determined by the State
Office of Risk Management (SORM). View PD-45,
Workers' Compensation and Return to Work Program, for additional