Retirement Assistance

Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) – Administers LEOFF Plan 2 retirement system benefits. The agency maintains membership records, collects contributions from members and employers, pays benefits and communicates benefit information. Register online to view and manage your personal account, or access the online benefit estimator to assist you in your retirement planning. DRS also administers the state Deferred Compensation Program.

Members of LEOFF 2 within five years of retirement are encouraged to review retirement seminar information through DRS and register online. Seminars are held on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at various locations throughout the state.

More information and publications available here.

Social Security Administration

Medicare & You Handbook

Retirement Savings Tips

Disability Assistance

Social Security Disability

Labor and Industries – Workers’ compensation information and forms.

Family Assistance Programs

Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation – The Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation helps those families, who as a result of a law enforcement officer’s death, are enduring personal hardship. The Foundation acts as a “watchdog” organization for the widows and children of these fallen police officers, assuring they receive the statutory benefits due them.

Behind the Badge Foundation – An organization created from the combining of the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial and 10-99 Foundations. The mission of Behind the Badge Foundation is to assist the needs of individual families affected by a line of duty death or the ongoing trials of a catastrophic injury and to honor the sacrifices of those officers and families.

Bureau of Justice Assistance – Administers the Federal Public Safety Officers’ Benefit Program.  Provides death benefits and educational financial assistance to spouses and children of Public Safety Officers killed in the line of duty.  Also provides disability benefits to Public Safety Officers disabled in the line of duty.

Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) – National organization that provides services and assistance to families and coworkers of fallen law enforcement officers.

Cops With Cancer – Provide support to the men and women of our law enforcement community in Washington State who have been diagnosed with cancer. They help these officers and their families deal with the emotional and financial impact of this illness.

Firefighter Cancer Support Network – Provides timely assistance to all fire service members and their families in the event of cancer diagnosis. They maintain and continuously update a roster of mentors who have personal experience with many types of cancers who will personally guide you through the process of dealing with your specific illness.

Mesotheliomaprognosis.com – A resource to assist you in understanding your mesothelioma prognosis and how you can improve it by making informed decisions about treatment.

LEOFF Health and Welfare Trust – an independant legal entity providing medical, vision and dental insurance for both active and retired members and their dependents who fall under the LEOFF I or II Pension systems.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation – Provides peer counseling, training and technical assistance for families and coworkers of firefighters killed in the line of duty.

Lionhardt – Raises awareness and support by standing shoulder-to-shoulder with those battling critical illness.

Washington Pension Information

Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) – Administers LEOFF Plan 2 and can assist with individual account information.

Office of the State Actuary – Performs actuarial services, recommends contribution rates and performs valuation and experience studies. Provides staff support to the Select Committee on Pension Policy.

Select Committee on Pension Policy – Studies issues related to the provisions of retirement benefits and the funding of the retirement systems.  Develops underlying retirement policies and recommends legislation to the Legislature.

Washington State Investment Board – Manages the assets of 17 retirement plans, including LEOFF Plan 2, along with the Deferred Compensation Program and 22 other public funds.

State Board for Volunteer Fire Fighters and Reserve Officers – Administers the Volunteer Firefighters’ and Reserve Officers’ Relief and Pension Fund.

Other Resources

Access WA – Washington state government information and services.

Washington State Legislature– Washington state legislative information.

Television Washington (TVW) – View or listen to unedited television coverage of state government deliberations and public policy events.

U.S. Department of Labor Retirement Toolkit – Provides some basic information about important retirement decisions and links to additional resources.

Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU) – All state and local government employees and their family members are eligible for membership with the WSECU. The credit union offers a range of products and services; including mortgage loans, investment planning and access to many free financial education classes. Visit their Web site or call (800) 562-0999 to learn more about what WSECU can do for you.