The Becker County Sheriff's Office announced the county's participation in the 2021 Law Enforcement Scholarship Program on Thursday, according to a news release from the Becker County Sheriff's Office.

On Oct. 14, the Minnesota Sheriff's Association scholarship fund board of directors announced they will grant up to 15 scholarships of $2,000 for students involved in law enforcement education in coordination with the 87 county sheriffs across the state.

To qualify for the scholarships, students must be either:

  • Enrolled in the peace officers skills and training course.
  • 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.

"The (MSA) Board of Directors feel peace officers in our democratic society have complex duties to perform," said Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander, in a the news release.

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The scholarship committee stated the selection of awardees will be representative of all the geographic areas of the state.

"The ability of a peace officer to render effective service responsive to the public’s need depends heavily upon job knowledge and skills," states the MSA on the group's website. "Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association recognizes the importance of pre-entry training to the accomplishment of these requisites. It also recognizes that some candidates need outside help in meeting the costs of such training, as well as, those candidates who excel academically."

Students must also submit transcripts from each school they have attended during their law enforcement training.

Applications can be found on the Minnesota Sheriff's Association website and at the Becker County Sheriff's Office. The applications are due to the sheriff for his signature by Nov. 19.

The scholarships will be awarded on Dec. 28, according to the news release.