A Volunteer Peace Officers’ Dependents Fund board was put in place earlier this month by Wellington village council.
Ohio Senate Bill 11 recently created a fund to assist the spouses and children of volunteer peace officers killed in the line of duty.
It will also provide aid to officers who become permanently disabled in the line of duty.
“The fire district has had a volunteer dependents fund for a number of years,” said Wellington finance director Vanya Hales. “So basically, now the state is trying to put together the same thing for the police.”
Village council appointed a board to oversee the fund consisting of Hales, mayor Hans Schneider, officers Robert Aviles and Adam Smonzy, plus a fifth member to be determined at a later date.
While in name the fund appears to be for volunteer workers, it is actually meant for part-time police officers who receive pay but not benefits, according to Lt. Jeff Shelton.
Each part-time officer who joins the fund will be required to pay $300 to 500, with the amount depending on an individual property evaluation. Additional premiums could be required, but haven’t been finalized.
A surviving spouse would receive a $1,000 benefit up front plus another $300 per month. An additional $125 each month would be added if there were dependent children.
Disabled officers would also be eligible to get $300 a month under the fund.
The Ohio Department of Commerce is overseeing the fund at the state level.
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise A new fund for part-time police officers aims to duplicate aid provided to part-time fire personnel who die or are disabled.