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Vets to COPS

“They’ve already risked their lives defending America. They should have the opportunity to rebuild America…”  Vets to COPS

Our military service members represent only 1% of our population, but they shoulder the responsibility of protecting our entire nation.  The COPS Office is committed to supporting military veterans and the law enforcement agencies that hire them as our veterans seek to transition into careers as law enforcement officers.

Military veterans’ ability to work in teams, capacity to adapt to challenging tasks and responsibilities, attention to detail and drive to succeed, and a host of other skills and trainings make them ideal candidates for police departments.  While veterans may come from different military occupations, the skills acquired through service often complement the requirements needed to ensure a successful law enforcement career.

Many departments have been successful in recruiting military veterans while others are unaware of the marketing and recruiting tools available to employers. There are many employment resources available for law enforcement agencies that offer dependable and up-to-date information on recruiting and hiring veterans. The COPS Office has partnered with various military agencies and support organizations by compiling a series of resources to assist law enforcement agencies with their recruitment and hiring efforts of military veterans.

In FY 2012 the COPS Hiring Program (CHP) made available $111 million directly to law enforcement agencies to hire and/or rehire career law enforcement officers for the advancement of public safety through an increase in their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. Grantees that received 2012 CHP grant funding for new hire positions were required to hire a new officer who is a post-9/11 military veteran.

Under both FY 2013 and 2014 CHP, new hire officer positions are not required to be military veterans, as under FY 2012 CHP. However, as the COPS Office supports the Attorney General's commitment to hiring military veterans whenever possible, applicants who committed to hiring or rehiring at least one military veteran under CHP received additional consideration for FY 2013 and 2014 CHP funding.

Under CHP, a military veteran is defined as an individual who has served on active duty at any time in the armed forces for a period of more than 180 consecutive days, any part of which occurred on or after September 11, 2001, and who has been discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions. For more information about CHP, please click here.

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