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Published on Monday, December 18, 2017

Governor’s 2018 budget includes increased law enforcement training

The Governor’s proposed supplemental budget released on December 14 includes funding for one additional Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) class in 2019. This would provide a total of 16 BLEA classes in FY 2018 and 17 BLEA classes in FY 2019.

The Governor’s budget also adds three additional Corrections Officer Academy classes each fiscal year and one additional Equivalency Academy class each fiscal year. Equivalency Academy classes retrain officers who are certified in another state or have experienced a break in law enforcement employment. Funding for de-escalation and non-lethal force training of $1.1 million for FY 2018 and $603,000 for FY 2019 is unchanged.