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Police Officers and Firefighters' Summary Plan Description

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Police Officers' and Firefighters' Summary Plan Description 2012 (SPD) booklet is designed to explain the main features of your retirement plan, what benefits are available, and how to qualify for them. The full text of the Plan is contained in Chapter 7 of Title 5 of the Code of the District of Columbia (D.C. Code). This SPD has been updated to include statutory changes through December 31, 2012, which include the following:

  • The “Metropolitan Police Department Retirement Options Amendment Act of 2008,” allows Tier 2 and Tier 3 members to make a one-time irrevocable election to participate in Tier 1, 2 or 3 by paying for the full actuarial cost (including employer contributions and administrative expenses) of the change (D.C. Law 17-224).
  • The “Police and Firefighter Post-Retirement Health Benefits Amendment Act of 2010,” which requires that a police officer or firefighter must retire with at least 5 years (Tier 2) or 10 years (Tier 3) of creditable District service to be eligible for District health care coverage to continue in retirement (D.C. Law 18-223).
  • The “Equity in Survivor Benefits Amendment Act of 2011,” which reduces to 55 (from 60) the age at which a surviving spouse would lose a survivor benefit due to remarriage (D.C. Law 19-301).

Additionally, explanations and examples have been expanded to make these often complex subjects easier to understand. You will also note that the administrative and procedural sections have been revised to reflect current benefits administration practices, and we have updated addresses and phone numbers of those you should contact (see pages 76-78) when you experience changes that affect the benefits you receive or are entitled to receive under the Plan. We hope you find these enhancements helpful.

Update June 2014 - Includes the Defense of Marriage Act language updates.

To view and download a PDF of the 2012 Police Officers and Firefighters' Retirement Plan SPD, please see the attachment below.

If you have any questions, active police officers and firefighters should contact your Human Resources Department [(202) 727-4261 for police officers and (202) 442-7627 for firefighters] and retirees and survivors should call DCRB’s Member Services Center at (202) 343-3272 or toll-free at 1(866) 456-3272.