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Published on Friday, February 15, 2013

Reimbursing training and salary costs for an officer hired by another agency

Rep. Orcutt (R-Kalama) introduced HB 1802, which would require a law enforcement agency to reimburse another agency for the cost of basic law enforcement training, salary, and benefits if an officer is hired away before completing five years of service. The agency that does the initial hiring (the training agency) is responsible for sending that person to the Basic Law Enforcement Academy to become a police officer. If that officer is hired by another agency before completing five years of service, the hiring agency would reimburse the training agency within 90 days for the cost of training, salary, and benefits on a prorated scale depending on number of years of service to the training agency. AWC has some concerns about this proposal’s potential impact on cities and their ability to hire qualified officers as well as the administrative burden that it could create.

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