Education initiative for law enforcement recruits announced Tuesday

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) is launching a new initiative that will allow basic training recruits to earn an associates degree at no charge, helping boost recruitment for law enforcement agencies across the state.

The program, called Educating Heroes, lets recruits in the Law Enforcement Basic Training Academy simultaneously earn their degree as they complete their peace officer certification.

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Its the result of a new partnership between DOCJT and Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC).

Close to 300 recruits go through the academy every year on their way to becoming law enforcement officers.

DOCJT is not only a leader in training, but also professionalism, and this program demonstrates the departments unwavering commitment to serving those who serve us, said Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley.

Educating Heroes will provide lifelong benefits for recruits and a powerful incentive to help law enforcement agencies attract new talent in our competitive economy.

Beginning Sept. 22, recruits in Basic Training Class No. 508 will earn 45 credit hours from BCTC for completing DOCJTs 20-week academy.

BCTC is offering all recruits the opportunity to earn an additional 15 credit hours during the academy via online courses, which will help them complete the full 60 credit hours required to earn an Applied Science associates degree.

This initiative is expected to invigorate recruitment and retention of law enforcement across the Commonwealth during a time in which both have been a challenge. Students will receive the necessary resources to successfully complete the program, including tutoring, study guides and group-study opportunities.