Proposed Bill Adds Campus Police Officers to DOJ’s Benefits Program
BOSTON — Congressman Michael Capuono has filed a bill in honor of a slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) officer that would provide federal financial assistance to campus police injured in the line of duty.
Police believe that the two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings shot Sean Collier, 26, to death three days after the incident, while Collier was on patrol duty.
Capuano’s legislation, called the Officer Sean Collier Campus Police Recognition Act of 2013, would add campus police officers to the Department of Justice’s Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program, MyFoxBoston.com reports. Currently the program provides financial aid to police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians wounded while in service. The program also provides benefits to eligible family members if they are killed.
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