A bipartisan bill sponsored by State Senator Chris Brown to provide tuition assistance for retired law enforcement officers who retired in good standing due to a disability passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee recently.
Sen. Chris Brown’s legislation provides tuition assistance for retired law enforcement officers who retired in good standing due to a disability. (SenateNJ.com)
“Men and women whose careers of keeping our families safe are cut short deserve an opportunity to get back on their feet in a new career,” Brown said.
Under the bill, S-2684, eligible retired law enforcement officers are permitted to attend regularly-scheduled courses at public institutions of higher education or proprietary institutions and receive up to 16 credits per semester tuition-free. In addition to academic degrees, proprietary institutions also offer certificates and other credentials in various professional trades and occupations.
“A disability pension only covers some of the bills,” Brown said. “In many cases, men and women have to leave law enforcement at a relatively young age while still needing the means to pay the mortgage and raise their children. Making it easier for former police officers to take a few classes to earn a degree or a certificate so they can get a decent paying job helps an entire family.”