Scholarships available for police training

Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent Lindgren announced last week the commencement of the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2012.

Lindgren said the MSA Board of Directors has established a scholarship fund that can award up to 15 scholarships at $600 each for this year. These scholarships are made possible by the coordinated efforts of the 87 sheriffs around the state.

The Members of MSA gives special recognition to the financial needs of students attending the peace officer skills course, or one of the two or four year law enforcement degree colleges.

“The Board of Directors feel peace officers in our democratic society have complex duties to perform” Lindgren said.

MSA recognizes the importance of pre-entry training for people considering law enforcement as their career choice. Lindgren said MSA recognizes some students need outside help in meeting the costs of such training, even though they excel academically.

The Scholarship Committee, in making its selection of awards, intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. Scholarship awards will be announced by Dec. 31. Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office. Scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories:

•Mandated POST Skills Program.

•In their second year of a two year law enforcement program.

•In their third or fourth year of a four year college criminal justice program.

In order to qualify, students must have completed at least one year of the two year program or two years of a four year program.  Students meeting these criteria are invited to obtain a scholarship application form from their local sheriff’s office or online at www.mnsheriffs.org.

For more information, call 651-451-7216  or email info@mnsheriffs.org.

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