All members designate a beneficiary (or beneficiaries) when joining the New York City Police Pension Fund (the Fund); however, whenever a member’s social condition changes (e.g., marriage, separation, divorce), the beneficiary designation should be updated.
Reviewing beneficiary designations regularly is well worth the time and effort; doing so protects both assets and heirs. Tax filing and open enrollment periods are recommended times to do this. Major life events, e.g., marriage, divorce, birth, adoption and death, often create the need to update beneficiaries.
Checking Your Beneficiary
To obtain beneficiary information, either visit the Fund in person or mail a request to the New York City Police Pension Fund, 233 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New York, 10279, attention: Membership Services Unit. Due to privacy concerns, telephone and e-mail requests are not permitted.
Changing Line Organization Beneficiaries
When updating beneficiary information with the Fund, remember to also contact the appropriate line organization at the address and number listed below to obtain beneficiary information in those records, as well:
|Police Officers ||Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA)||212-349-7560 |
|Sergeants ||Sergeants’ Benevolent Association (SBA) ||212-431-6555|
|Detectives||Detectives Endowment Association (DEA) ||212-587-1000|
|Lieutenants ||Lieutenants Benevolent Association (LBA) ||212-964-7500|
|Captains & above||Captains Endowment Association (CEA) ||212-791-8292|
The Fund Change of Beneficiary Form can be downloaded HERE. The form must be notarized and may be mailed to: New York City Police Pension Fund, 233 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New York, 10279, attention: Membership Services Unit. Questions may be directed to Membership Services at 212-693-5850.
Changing Health Insurance Dependents
To change the dependents on health insurance by mail or in person, please contact the NYPD Health Insurance Section, 51 Chambers Street, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10007 or call 646-610-5122 for information.
Changing Deferred Compensation Plan Beneficiaries
If enrolled in the NYC Deferred Compensation Plan, call 212-306-7760 for information about updating Plan Beneficiaries. Information is also available at www.nyc.gov/OLR. Click on Forms and Downloads and download the Beneficiary Distribution Guide/Form.
Guide for Surviving Beneficiaries
There are few situations in life more stressful than the loss of a loved one; there are no words of comfort at such a difficult time. This section is designed to aid the survivors of the Fund members by providing a checklist of who to contact upon the death of a Fund member or retiree, and the information that is required. There are four calls to make:
1. NYPD Operations Unit
Survivors should call NYPD Operations at 646-610-5580, located at NYPD Headquarters, 1 Police Plaza, New York, New York 10038. Pall bearers may be requested at that time and are available for all five City boroughs, Long Island, Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties.
2. NYC Police Pension Fund
Please notify the Fund in writing at 233 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10279, attention: Death Benefits Unit or by telephone at 212-693-5619/5919. Please have the following information available at the time of the phone call: the first, middle and last name of the deceased; the date of death; Social Security Number of the deceased; name of the next of kin; and name, address and phone number of the executor or executrix of the estate, if applicable.
The Fund will need: a certified copy of the death certificate; a copy of the paid funeral bill; a copy of the marriage certificate, if applicable; and a copy of the beneficiary’s Social Security card. Prompt receipt of these items will expedite the Fund’s ability to make payments to any beneficiaries.
3. Member’s line organization
Contact the appropriate line organization below, and ask about a possible life insurance policy and whether any continuing optional benefits are available:
|PBA||125 Broad St. ||11th Floor ||212-349-7560|
|DEA ||26 Thomas St. || ||212-587-1000|
|SBA ||35 Worth St. ||First and second floor||212-431-6555|
|LBA||233 Broadway ||Suite 1801 ||212-964-7500|
|CEA ||233 Broadway ||Suite 1801 ||212-791-8292|
4. Health Benefits Program
Contact the NYC Health Benefits Program to request the appropriate health benefits forms. This Program is located at 40 Rector Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10006 and can be reached at 212-513-0470.