State Sens. Steve Lathrop (left) and Robert Clements (right) joined Gov. Pete Ricketts in a ceremony Thursday celebrating law enforcement legislation passed this year. (Courtesy of the Governor’s Office)
LINCOLN — The state’s ability to “recruit, retain and train” law enforcement officers has been enhanced thanks to bills passed by the Nebraska Legislature, Gov. Pete Ricketts said Thursday.
Ricketts, during a press conference in Grand Island, highlighted bills he signed that he said “go 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,” the Republican governor said in a press release.
Among the bills passed this year were:
- Legislative Bill 124, which streamlines the process for out-of-state law enforcement officers to become certified to work in Nebraska. The bill also grants incentive payments for officers who take jobs in Nebraska and remain on the job in rural areas. Law enforcement officials testified they are getting only a fraction of the recruits that they used to attract.
- LB 1014, which allocates $47.7 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to expand the Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island and reduce wait lists for training.
- LB 1011, which allocates $16.9 million to upgrade and expand the State Patrol Crime Laboratory to handle increased workloads at the facility.
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