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Published on Friday, January 29, 2016

Criminal Justice Training Commission asking for additional revenue for hiring surge

The Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) is experiencing an unprecedented surge in the hiring of peace and corrections officers and cannot keep pace with the increase. This is primarily due to the high number of retirements from the baby boomer generation and the economic recovery that is enabling cities and counties to finally fill long-overdue vacancies.

While basic training classes have already been increased, it has not been enough to keep up with demand. This is highly problematic for cities as we have hired peace officers who cannot get trained, and as a result, cannot perform the duties they were hired to do.

The CJTC is requesting additional funding from the Governor and Legislature for two additional law enforcement classes and three additional corrections officer classes. This supplemental budget request totals $641,000:

  • $473,000 in state funding for the law enforcement classes ($204,000 in local matching funds);
  • $168,000 in state funding for the corrections classes ($56,000 in local matching funds).

The CJTC fears if these additional funds are not appropriated, police departments and sheriff’s offices will have a six-month delay from the time of hire until they can send a police recruit to the academy, and an eight-month delay until they can send a corrections officer. This could result in your department requiring current officers to work mandatory overtime to fill these vacancies.

AWC is very supportive of this budget request and will provide updates as they become available.