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Published on Friday, June 17, 2016

Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) needs more funding to meet recruitment needs

In last month’s Legislative Bulletin, we told you about the $2.4 million shortage in the Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) budget to fund the police officer training classes that will be necessary to avoid a substantial backlog for new recruits to get into the Academy. Backlogs increase costs for overtime to backfill while the new officer waits for training. See the article with background information here.

Talk to your legislators this interim about the importance of sustainable ongoing funding for BLEA. In the past few legislative sessions, there have been proposals to require cities to pay more for BLEA. We need to continue reminding the Legislature that cities and counties already pay for BLEA with traffic ticket revenue shared with the state. Click here for a printable fact sheet with more information.