Governor signs Clardy’s bill to help military personnel gain law enforcement certificates easier

New Texas law will allow law officers to use military service toward certification

AUSTIN, Texas (KTRE) - Gov. Greg Abbott has signed his approval for a law authored by a Nacogdoches state representative which allows those who served in the military to receive credit toward certification for law enforcement.

House Bill 971 was authored by Nacogdoches state Representative Travis Clardy. Abbott signed the bill on Saturday.

The bill would allow a person who served in the military to receive credit for training hours required for an intermediate, advanced or master proficiency certificate, base on their military experience.

Clardy said in a January interview that he believes veterans’ experience in weapons training and handling tense situations makes them invaluable members of law enforcement.

The law will take effect Sept. 1.

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