Gov. Ricketts signs law-enforcement support bills

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (File photo)
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (File photo)(PHOTO: Office of Governor Pete Ricketts)
Published: Apr. 21, 2022 at 10:15 AM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (WOWT) - Gov. Pete Ricketts signed three bills relating to law enforcement employment and training into law during a signing ceremony Thursday morning at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center.

“Law enforcement agencies in Nebraska have earned a stellar reputation through their dedicated work to protect the public,” said Gov. Ricketts, who was joined by several state senators and law-enforcement leaders from across the state.  “This session, the Unicameral passed key legislation to help recruit, retain, and train officers.  Here in Nebraska, we’re going the extra mile to attract the best and brightest to serve in law enforcement.  We’re also committed to providing our officers with training and resources that are second-to-none.”

LB-1241e updates law enforcement training and certification. The governor said it helps out-of state law enforcement officers get certified in Nebraska and helps law enforcement agencies offer incentive payments based on an officer’s years of experience.

Ricketts said LB-1270 adopts the Law Enforcement Attraction and Retention Act, allocating $47.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to expand the law enforcement training center in Grand Island; while LB-1014 designates $47.7 million in ARPA funds to upgrade and expand the Nebraska State Crime Laboratory to meet increased demand to process evidence.

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