The Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) is launching a new initiative that will allow basic training recruits to earn an associate’s 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. It’s 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 department’s 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. I’m immensely proud of Commissioner Alex Payne, DOCJT and BCTC for this innovative collaboration.”
Beginning Sept. 22, recruits in Basic Training Class No. 508 will earn 45 credit hours from BCTC for completing DOCJT’s 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 associate’s degree.
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