Criteria for Inclusion on the Indiana Law Enforcement Memorial
The criteria for inclusion on the Indiana Law Enforcement Memorial will be those standards established by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to determine an eligible line of duty death and will include only those law enforcement officers who represented:
- a municipal, county or state law enforcement agency, as well as any duly established airport, campus, hospital or school corporation law enforcement agency, in Indiana regardless of where their incident occurred; or
- a federal, railroad or tribal law enforcement agency and whose incident occurred within the boundaries of this state
Any law enforcement officer, as defined above, who is honored on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial will be included on this memorial with very rare exception. Also included on this memorial will be any law enforcement officer, as defined above, whose line of duty death has been discovered to have occurred in the past and clearly meets our criteria for inclusion but whose agency has not submitted that officer for consideration to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Any law enforcement officer currently honored on this memorial who is later determined to no longer meet our criteria for inclusion, that officer will be subject to removal at any time.
Policy for Law Enforcement Officer Deaths due to COVID-19
As an eligibility determination may not be able to be immediately made in these cases, any law enforcement officer who has died as a result of contracting COVID-19 will be recognized as a ‘provisional’ line of duty death on the Indiana Law Enforcement Memorial until additional details are available.
Our Criteria for Inclusion are those established by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. For deaths caused by disease, “if it is determined that an officer died as a result of infectious disease contracted while performing official duties, that officer is eligible for inclusion on the memorial.”
If an officer’s agency does not submit the officer for consideration or the officer is denied inclusion once submitted to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, that officer will be removed from the Indiana Law Enforcement Memorial.
Criteria for Inclusion on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
(reprinted below in its entirety for reference)
For the purpose of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, “law enforcement officer” means an individual involved in crime control or reduction and who is directly employed on a full-time basis by a local, county, state or federal law enforcement agency of the United States or its territories, with or without compensation, who is duly sworn and has full arrest powers.
A law enforcement agency is a governmental agency or subunit thereof having statutory powers of arrest and involved in crime control or reduction. The agency must employ at least one full-time, duly sworn, trained and certified officer with full arrest powers, or the equivalent in part-time officers.
Officers serving with private or state colleges and universities, and railroads will also be included, provided they are recognized as having law enforcement status by state, U.S. or District of Columbia Code, are duly sworn, trained and certified, with full arrest powers.
In addition, military police officers will be included but only if, at the time of their death, they were experiencing similar hazards and performing similar duties as those normally experienced and performed by non-military law enforcement personnel. In such cases, eligibility will be determined after a review of several issues, including but not limited to, whether the officer was receiving combat, imminent danger or hazardous pay; job description; whether the officer was responding to a law enforcement violation in their area of jurisdiction, and circumstances of death. Military police officers serving in a combat situation will not be included.
Less than full-time law enforcement officers will also be considered. In such cases, eligibility will be determined after a review of several issues, including but not limited to, job description, training and circumstances of death.
Correctional employees shall be included if they are recognized as having law enforcement status by their employing jurisdiction. Other correctional employees who do not have formal law enforcement status but who do have a primary or limited responsibility for the custody and security of suspected or convicted criminal offenders, and are employed by a local, county, state or federal correctional agency, will also be considered. If law enforcement is not a person’s primary function (for example, correctional employees such as Maintenance Supervisor, Farm Manager, Food Service Instructor and the like), then that person must be engaged in their law enforcement duties when their fatal injury is sustained. In such cases, eligibility will be determined after a review of several issues, including but not limited to, job description; federal, state or local statutes; training, and circumstances of death.
“Line of duty” means any action which an officer is obligated or authorized by law, rule, regulation or written condition of employment service to perform, or for which the officer is compensated by the public agency he or she serves, including actions taken against an officer.
The term “killed in the line of duty” means a law enforcement officer has died as a direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty. This includes victim law enforcement officers who, while in an off-duty capacity, act in response to a law violation. It also includes victim law enforcement officers who, while in an off-duty capacity, are en route to or from a specific emergency or responding to a particular request for assistance; or the officer is, as required or authorized by law or condition of employment, driving his or her employer’s vehicle to or from work; or when the officer is, as required by law or condition of employment, driving his or her own personal vehicle at work and is killed while en route to or from work.
Not included under this definition are deaths attributed to natural causes, except when the medical condition arises out of physical exertion, while on duty, that is required by law or condition of employment including, but not limited to, the following:
- running or other types of exercise being performed as part of training programs administered by the employing agency;
- fitness tests administered by the employing agency;
- lifting of heavy objects; or
- a specific stressful response to a violation of law or an emergency situation causing an officer’s death immediately or within 24 hours of violation or emergency situation, or causing his or her death during a continuous period of hospitalization immediately following the specific response to the specific stressful response to the violation of law or emergency situation. Cases occurring outside the 24 hour time period, with extenuating circumstances, may be reviewed by the Committee for inclusion.
Stressful responses include, but are not limited to, the following:
- a physical struggle with a suspected or convicted criminal;
- performing a search and rescue mission that requires rigorous physical activity;
- performing or assisting with emergency medical treatment;
- responding to a violation of the law or emergency situation that involves a serious injury or death; or
- a situation that requires either a high speed response or pursuit on foot or in a vehicle.
Also not included under this definition are deaths attributed to voluntary alcohol or controlled substance abuse, deaths caused by the intentional misconduct of the officer, deaths caused by the officer’s intention to bring about his or her own death and deaths attributed to an officer performing his or her duty in a grossly negligent manner at time of death.
Each death caused by disease shall be reviewed by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology or other medical personnel with similar skill and expertise. If it is determined that the officer died as a result of infectious disease contracted while performing official duties, or by exposure to hazardous materials or conditions while performing official duties, that officer is eligible for inclusion on the Memorial.
Notwithstanding the preceding paragraph, any deaths caused by disease and attributed to rescue and/or recovery efforts at any of the sites connected to the September 11, 2001 acts of terrorism will be evaluated according to the standards (and any forthcoming modifications to those standards) set by the World Trade Center Health Program administered by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH). Cases not reviewed nor certified by the World Trade Center Program, may be reviewed by the Names Committee when necessary or appropriate, by other medical professionals in the aid of this Names Committee to help determine correlation from cause of death and the incident in question.
An officer shall be included if a department states that the officer died in the line of duty and there is no information to believe otherwise. NLEOMF Research staff shall exhaust all possible means available to verify an officer’s eligibility status, and the correct spelling of the name. Efforts will include having the name verified by the law enforcement agency of record and a surviving family member.
A Note about the Criteria for Adding Names to the Memorial
The criteria for including an officer’s name on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial are separate and distinct from the line-of-duty death criteria used by other entities or programs, including state and local law enforcement memorials and the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program, U.S. Department of Justice. Acceptance for inclusion on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in no way impacts decisions made by the federal government regarding the awarding of PSOB benefits. For more information about PSOB, visit psob.bja.ojp.gov or call (888) 744-6513.
The nomination of an officer to be considered for inclusion on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial can only be made by the head of the agency for which that officer was employed. Submissions must be made by December 31 to be considered for inclusion on the Memorial and to be formally dedicated during Police Week of the following year.
Source: Criteria for Inclusion on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Revised: April 5, 2022