Police Recruits in Kentucky Can Earn Associate’s Degree For Free

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Officials say a new initiative will allow Kentucky police academy recruits to earn an associate’s degree for free.

A statement from the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet says it has partnered with the Department of Criminal Justice Training and Bluegrass Community & Technical College to offer the program, which is aimed at boosting officer recruitment around the state.

Beginning Sept. 22, recruits will earn 45 credit hours for completing the 20-week police academy. In addition, the college is offering the chance to earn an additional 15 credit hours through online courses, which would give recruits the 60 credit hours required to earn an applied science associate’s degree.

Nearly 300 police recruits attend the academy each year before becoming law enforcement officers.