1. Must be certified as a police officer or other law enforcement officer as defined in Del.C.1911(a) or a State of Delaware Probation and Parole Officer employed by the Department of Corrections.
2. Must be employed full time in the State of Delaware.
3. Reimbursement will be made for the cost of tuition to an in state college or university at the following rate:
100% for undergraduate studies
50% for graduate studies
4. Approved courses of study shall be classes related to the following:
· Public Safety
· Criminal Justice
· Computer Science
· Those courses necessary to complete a degree program in any of the above mentioned fields
5. Reimbursement will be limited to one (1) class per term/grading period
6. The Criminal Justice Council will accept “letters of intent to enroll” from officers on the following dates:
- July 15 – August 15 for all Fall Term
- November 15 – December 15 for the Winter or Spring Term
- April 15 – May 15 for the Summer Term
The letters should identify the class that will be taken and the cost of the class. Letters will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis and will continue to be accepted until all of the allotted funds are obligated.
Officers will receive notification of their acceptance or denial due to lack of funds.
An Officer who is denied reimbursement due to lack of funds will have his letter remain on file with the Criminal Justice Council in the event that funds do become available.
An officer who is approved for reimbursement shall notify the Criminal Justice Council in the event of his/her decision not to enroll in the class or their early termination.
7. Once the course is completed, the officer will file an Application for Reimbursement form with the Criminal Justice Council and attach a copy of the receipt for payment of tuition and a copy of his/her transcript documenting his/her having received a grade of at least C or a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for the course for which he/she is seeking reimbursement.
8. The request for reimbursement shall be filed within thirty (30) days of completion of the course
9. An officer who is denied reimbursement shall have the right to appeal. The appeal will be filed within thirty (30) days of denial of the reimbursement to the Law Enforcement Education Committee. There can be no appeal on the denial of benefits due to lack of funds.
10. Any officer who is terminated from law enforcement employment and who has previously received reimbursement within the last twelve (12) months shall immediately become ineligible to receive education benefits and shall repay all tuition reimbursements previously extended to the employee, including interest on a pro-rata basis. The Attorney General’s Office shall calculate the amount of repay and make the arrangement for repayment. Policies regarding termination, resignation, retirement and re-certification of the Council of Police Training will serve as guidelines in determining repayment.
11. A committee, hereinafter referred to as the Law Enforcement Education Committee, will serve as an appeals board and to address and all issues regarding the Law Enforcement Education Reimbursement Fund that are yet to be identified. The committee shall consist of the following:
- Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Council or his/her designee
- Chairman of the Delaware Police Chief’s Council or his/her designee
- President of the Fraternal Order of Police or his/her designee
- President of the Delaware State Trooper’s Association or his/her designee
- A representative from the State Budget Office
The Secretary of the State Department of Education or his/her designee