Aid for Law Enforcement Officers
Developed by the College Board, the people behind AP and SAT, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) has been the most widely trusted credit-by-examination program for over 40 years, accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities and administered in over 1,700 test centers.
CLEP exams test mastery of college-level material acquired in a variety of ways — through general academic instructions, significant independent study or extracurricular work. CLEP exam-takers include adults just entering or returning to school, military service members and traditional college students.
Tuition Assistance Programs
Loyola University New Orleans offers tuition discounts to law enforcement officers employed by the New Orleans Police Department, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office who are working towards their first undergraduate degree and majoring in Criminal Justice. The program is designed to provide police officers an opportunity to earn college degrees to enhance their personal lives, their profession, and the community.
For more information, contact the Department of Criminal Justice.
General Scholarship Programs
- National Association of Chiefs of Police - Disabled Police Officer's Fund: Educational Scholarship Program
- Scholarships for Law Enforcement Students
- Grants for College Criminal Justice Majors
- Women in Federal Law Enforcement Scholarship Program
- National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Scholarship Program
Other Assistance Programs:
Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Programs: A unique partnership effort of the U.S. Department of Justice; local, state, tribal, and federal public safety agencies; and national organizations, the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Programs provide death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty.
Policefamilies.com - The purpose of this Web Site is to provide Law Enforcement families and under served law enforcement communities with essential psychological information and improved access to family support services. Sections within the web site provide information on family resiliency resources and topics like money management .
Law Enforcement Family Support Network - "LEFSN" is committed to providing emotional support, education, quality resources, and connections for law enforcement officers and their family members. We seek to maximize current law enforcement family directed outreach efforts, address gaps, and join regional partners to address the full scope of issues that impact “families behind the badge.”
The Public Safety Officer's Fund has been founded to benefit the families of Police Officers and Firefighters killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty through financial and specialized information resources.
The Fraternal Order of Police is collaborating with Freddie Mac to provide the CreditSmart® financial education program to FOP members. CreditSmart® helps individuals understand credit and money management, set clear financial goals, create a budget, save for the future, and borrow less expensively. CreditSmart® is designed to enhance successful, life-long money management skills.
The Law Enforcement Families Readiness Initiative (LEFRI) was designed to develop guidance for law enforcement agencies to develop and implement a law enforcement family readiness plan in the event of disaster and other crisis-type situations .
The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP) - The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc., (ODMP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America's fallen law enforcement heroes. More than 20,000 officers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the United States and it is with great honor that the ODMP pays a lasting tribute to each of these officers by preserving their memories within its pages. All who visit the ODMP will be deeply moved by the countless stories of selfless courage and heroism exhibited by officers who lost their lives while serving and protecting the citizens of this great nation. Check the RESOURCE section for state resource.
Proposed Federal Legislation:
On May 12, 2010 , the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Officer Daniel Faulkner Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act of 2009 (H.R. 959) , a bipartisan bill that would provide the maximum Federal Pell Grant award beginning in the 2010-11 year to children of law enforcement officers, firefighters or members of a rescue squad or emergency medical services crew who are killed in the line of duty.
The bill, sponsored by Representative Patrick Murphy (D-PA), would award the maximum grant to students whose parent or legal guardian died in the line of duty while actively serving as a public safety officer. The legislation defines a “public safety officer” as an individual serving in a public agency in an official capacity, with or without compensation, as a law enforcement officer, a firefighter, or as a member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew.
This bill never became law. This bill was proposed in a previous session of Congress. Sessions of Congress last two years, and at the end of each session all proposed bills and resolutions that haven't passed are cleared from the books. Members often reintroduce bills that did not come up for debate under a new number in the next session
Scholarships for Dependent Children
- C.O.P.S. Scholarship Program
- Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (F.L.E.O.A) Foundation Scholarship Program
- Wives Behind the Badge Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for Children
- Scholarships for Children of Active Duty Police and Firefighters
- Family Fund For Paralyzed And Disabled Police Officers
- National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children’s Foundation Scholarship Program
- 2012 Through the Looking Glass Scholarship
- Death Benefits Available to the Surviving Families of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty - Louisiana
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (Federal Student Loan Programs)
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Web Page
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness Info from Equal Justice Works
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Each year, we celebrate National Police Week to recognize and thank all law enforcement officers and their families.
Updated May 24, 2013