Tuesday morning was an exciting moment for the Department of Criminal Justice Training Academy, as their commissioner Alex Payne announced a partnership with Bluegrass Community Technical College that will help future and present law enforcement officials.
The academy will soon be offering the opportunity for cadets to earn their Associate’s degree while completing their basic training at the facility. “When [cadets] leave, when they graduate from here, not only will they have that certificate from DOCJT… they will also leave with a two year Associate’s degree”, Payne said.
The initiative will be funded entirely by the DOCJT according to Payne. “Because of our work with our partners… this is going to come right out of our general operating expenses.”
Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley expressed that many current law enforcement officials are asked to perform numerous tasks under tough conditions and often for “lower pay than they deserve”. He added that the program is “one way we can say that you’re worth it.”