State budget expands training stipend for law enforcement officers

During the 2021 General Assembly regular session, there was an increase in the annual training stipend provided to sworn officers serving the commonwealth.

State law mandates all sworn peace officers complete 40 hours of certified law enforcement training on an annual basis to remain certified.

Upon completion of the annual training, peace officers are issued a monetary stipend. As of July 1, the annual training stipend has increased by $300 — raising the stipend from $4,000 to $4,300 for almost 8,000 officers.

In addition to the annual training stipend increase, Gov. Beshear signed House Bill 137, which expands the definition of police to include joint task force members, county attorney detectives, process servers for juvenile courts, local alcoholic beverage control investigators and commonwealth attorney detectives.

By including these positions within the definition of police, their employing agencies are now able to participate in the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund, which administers the training stipends.

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