The events of 9/11 have shaken the United States of America and the rest of the world to their cores. Since then, the continuous rise of terrorism and both local and international crime has put the spotlight on the need for up-to-date law enforcement training. Protecting the country and safeguarding human lives and property is of great concern, now more than ever.
Unfortunately, when an organization needs to tighten its belt and find areas where it can find additional financial resources, human resource training is the first to go. This holds true even for law enforcement organizations that are not spared budgetary cuts. Furthermore, individuals wanting to enroll in law enforcement classes are deterred by rising tuition fees. Instead of going for a law enforcement exam, men and women who do not have the financial resources, set aside their desire to study law enforcement and instead look for jobs right after high school to support their families.
Whether you are part of an institution or an individual, there are ways to pay for law enforcement training. To find solutions to paying for much needed law enforcement education:
- Go to the Federal Grants Wire website. This is a free online resource site, a center for federal, government grants and loans.
- Click on Federal Grants by Subject Area.
- From the given list, select ‘Law, Justice and Legal Services Federal Grants'.
- Choose the subject matter that suits your needs. For example, look for ‘Law Enforcement Assistance-FBI Field Police Training.’ A full description of the grant will be provided including the objectives, type of assistance, uses, eligibility requirements, related programs and the agency providing the grant together with the contact information.
Other sources of funding
You can also find other sources of funding in the following sites.:
- FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is under the US Education Department, provides eligible individuals with federal funding or financial assistance. It covers different colleges and universities in different US states like Florida, Illinois and California and the different US territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, etc.).
- Police Grants Help is a comprehensive resource site featuring a law enforcement grant database for those looking for ways to pay for law enforcement education.
- National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has a comprehensive links page featuring a host of different law enforcement organizations. Some of these organizations found in this law enforcement memorial website offer educational grants, sponsorships and scholarships.
You can find funding for a law enforcement class by checking the local community colleges or universities in your area. For example, Cape Fear Community College in North Carolina offers a Basic Law Enforcement Training class that can be sponsored by a North Carolina law enforcement agency.
For anyone who is serious in serving his community and country but may be financially challenged, there are many different sources of funding in the form of grants, scholarships or student financial aid. The federal and state governments (and some private organizations) are well aware of the immense importance of law enforcement training, and as such they provide financial assistance for this purpose.