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New State Police Pension Plan - Survivor Benefits

ELIGIBLE SURVIVOR:
  • If an employee dies in active service, the eligible survivor(s) will be paid a monthly pension benefit equal to one-half (50%) of the employee’s compensation.
  • If an employee dies in the line of duty, the eligible survivor(s) will be paid a monthly pension benefit equal to three-fourths (75%) of the employee’s compensation.
  • Upon the death of an individual receiving a service or disability pension, a monthly survivor’s pension shall be payable to the eligible survivor(s) based on the Joint and Survivor benefit option elected at the time of retirement.

JOINT AND SURVIVOR OPTION:

At the time of retirement, an irrevocable election shall be made to provide a monthly pension benefit to eligible survivor(s) based on the options below: Those retiring on or after January 1, 2015*

  • No reduction to member’s pension = 50% survivor’s pension
  • 2% reduction to member’s pension = 66.67% survivor’s pension
  • 3% reduction to member’s pension = 75% survivor’s pension
  • 6% reduction to member’s pension = 100% survivor’s pension

*This election is irrevocable and must be made prior to the issuance of the first pension direct deposit.


ELIGIBLE SURVIVOR(S):

The eligible survivor is determined at the time of the member’s death. An eligible survivor’s order of priority** as established by law, determines who may be entitled to a survivor’s benefit:

  1. Spouse (legally married or civil union) -- must be married prior to your retirement or at least one year before date of death, unless death is a result of an accident.
  2. Dependent child(ren)
  3. Dependent parent(s)

** Priority may be changed by filing a notarized Survivor Order of Priority (SOP-1) form.

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State of Delaware Office of Pensions
McArdle Building, 860 Silver Lake Blvd., Suite #1
Dover, DE 19904-2402
Toll Free: (800) 722-7300, Local: (302) 739-4208

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