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NYS Comptroller

Thomas P. DiNapoli

State Police Plan

For PFRS Tier 2, 5 and 6 Members

(Section 381-b)

Alternative and Out-of-Service Death Benefits

Alternative Death Benefit

If your death occurs after you meet the requirements for service retirement, your beneficiary will receive a benefit equal to the pension reserve that would have been established under the State Police retirement plan had you retired on the date of your death. This alternative benefit is paid only when it is larger than other death benefits.

Out-of-Service Death Benefit

If you are a vested member with at least ten years of credited service, have not retired, and you die more than one year after leaving public employment, 50 percent of the death benefit may still be payable. This vested benefit is also payable if you die within one year of leaving covered service but were gainfully employed during that time.


Your family or employer should notify us of your death as soon as possible so we can send the appropriate forms to your beneficiary.