The legislature is seeking public comment on a bill that would allow residents to be reimbursed by the state for college courses in police work.
Representative Lenny Mirra’s bill on free tuition for students seeking a degree in criminal justice is under consideration by the Joint Civil Service Committee. The bill allows a person pursuing a criminal justice degree or law enforcement certificate at any college or university in the state to receive full tuition reimbursement for the course of study.
In addition to an online public hearing at 1 p.m. Monday, the public can submit written testimony via email to [emailÂ protected] until Tuesday, January 11, at 5 p.m. Those submitting comments are advised to include the invoice number, H.2734, in the subject line of the email.
Those with questions or support requests can email [emailÂ protected] or dial 617-722-2575.
Northern Essex Community College and UMass Lowell’s Haverhill offer criminal justice courses. Northern Essex offers an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, while Haverhill UMass courses can be applied to a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The MassTransfer Pathway and other transfer agreements allow students in North Essex to earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Behavioral Sciences / Psychology, Humanities and Social Sciences or a related field.