Committee OKs bill supporting safety officers

The House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee supported State Rep. Randy Frye’s, R-Greensburg, legislation Tuesday that would establish the Ivy Tech Public Safety Scholarship.

According to Frye, this scholarship would provide tuition for a public safety officer to pursue any certificate or associate degree program offered by Ivy Tech Community College for two academic years or less.

“The demand for new public safety officers in Indiana is high.This scholarship would help recruit young people to this rewarding career while encouraging them to grow their skills and remain in our community,” said Frye.

 Frye said the scholarship would only be available to volunteer firefighters for the first two years of the program. After July 2021, the program would open up to all public safety officers, including paid firefighters, police officers and EMTs.

 If this scholarship is established, applicants must have a high school diploma.

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