LETTER bill helps disabled police officers acquire new skills

Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Ron Dancer will help disabled law enforcement officers pursue alternative careers.

“We can’t turn our backs on the men and women who risk their lives to serve and protect our communities,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “Police officers who surrender their badges because of a disabling injury have earned our help finding new opportunities and learning new skills for their futures.”

The bill (A2137) establishes a tuition-free path for officers to attend classes and earn a degree from 11 state public colleges including Rutgers and Kean universities, and New Jersey Institute of Technology, as well as county colleges and vocational schools.

Disabled officers can register for regularly scheduled classes and earn up to 16 credits per semester. The bill models the current law for members of the New Jersey National Guard and provides the same tuition benefits to former law enforcement officers who retried due to disability.