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FOP Legal Defense Plan

Legal Defense Plan

The FOP Legal Defense Plan is sponsored by the National Fraternal Order of Police and operated by the FOP Legal Plan, Inc. Legal defense protection is a necessity for law enforcement professionals. As the frequency and cost of allegations rise, the FOP Legal Defense Plan offers lodge members a very affordable and comprehensive plan with several options. The FOP Legal Defense Plan contracts with Plan attorneys to represent eligible participants when confronted with covered claims. Participants in the Plan have the right to select an attorney of their own choice.

Full Coverage Options

Subject to terms, conditions, limitations, and other exclusions, the FOP Legal Defense Plan is designed specifically to cover exposures that active law enforcement officers face every day. The FOP Legal Defense Plan will pay legal defense costs for covered duty-related administrative disciplinary actions, criminal, and civil (excess) lawsuits, including grand jury proceedings. The Legal Defense Plan coverage is a benefit of FOP membership. Available options and more details can be found at foplegal.com.

Eligibility: You must be an FOP member in good standing, employed by a federal, state or local government law enforcement agency, or employed by a law enforcement entity operated by a private college/university, private railroad, or Native American tribal government (with some restrictions).

Retired Law Enforcement Concealed Carry Legal Defense Coverage (CCC)

The FOP Legal Defense Plan also offers separate unlimited legal defense coverage for civil and criminal claims associated with the legal carrying and/or use of a weapon for qualifying retired FOP members. Legal defense costs are covered in full when using a Plan attorney. Coverage is provided to not only those retirees who qualify under LEOSA, but also those retirees who qualify under their own state laws to carry a concealed weapon.

Eligibility: You must be an FOP member in good standing and certify that you are legally carrying a firearm within your state under that state’s qualifications or meet all of the requirements set forth in LEOSA. In order to qualify, you must be a retired law enforcement officer from a public agency who, among other things, had powers of arrest while employed, retired in good standing after a minimum of 10 years of service (or have a duty disability), and must be legally carrying a concealed firearm or carrying such firearm in one’s own home or vehicle at the time of the incident giving rise to a claim. More details can be found at foplegal.com.

Claims & Coverages

Sedgwick Claims Management Services serves as the benefit (claims) administrator, responsible for contracting with Plan attorneys, responding to participants’ questions, determining coverage eligibility, processing claims for legal defense benefits, and paying attorneys.

For questions pertaining to claims and coverage, please contact Sedgwick at (866) 857-3276 or foplegal@sedgwick.com.

What to do after a Critical Incident After you have provided basic public safety information Do not provide a statement prior to speaking with an attorney Call your Attorney of Choice There is no need to contact the FOP Legal Defense Plan You select your attorney.  It is typically best to have a lawyer in mind prior to any incident.

Page Last Updated: Jan 07, 2024 (15:55:00)
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