Gov. Ricketts signs bills that will invest millions in Nebraska law enforcement
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Gov. Pete Ricketts went to the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center on Thursday to sign bills that will make key investments in Nebraska law enforcement.
He was joined by numerous state senators and law enforcement leaders from across Nebraska.
During a press conference, Ricketts signed a ceremonial copy of LB 1241e, the Law Enforcement Attraction and Retention Act.
The bill will streamline the process for out-of-state law enforcement officers to gain certification to work in Nebraska.
It also aims to help law enforcement agencies grow their workforces by offering incentive payments based on years of service.
“Here in Nebraska, we’re going the extra mile to attract the best and brightest to serve in law enforcement,” Ricketts said. “We’re also committed to providing our officers with training and resources that are second-to-none.”
He said LB 1041e will allocate nearly $50 million to expand the Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island.
The bill will also allocate $16.9 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds to upgrade and expand the State Patrol Crime Laboratory to meet the increased demand to process evidence.