For Immediate Release
October 7, 2008
CONTACT: Gilbert L. Moore
NEW PUBLICATION REVIEWS LAW ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS TO TRANSITION MILITARY VETERANS RETURNING TO POLICING
Los Angeles & Kansas City Police Department Programs Highlighted
The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has released a new publication supporting the efforts of law enforcement commanders, police psychologists, unions, and others responsible for re-integrating returning combat veterans into law enforcement. Combat Deployment and the Returning Police Officer reviews the psychological effects of combat and the methods used by the Los Angeles Police and Sheriff's Departments, the Kansas City Police Department, and the Richland County Sheriff's Department (S.C.) to support the successful transition of officers who were deployed as members of the military Reserves or National Guard.
The U.S. Department of Defense estimates that 100,000 members of National Guard and Reserve units were on active duty in any given month in 2006, with some serving in Iraq or Afghanistan for multiple deployments. Moreover, a report by the International Association of Chiefs of Police found that public safety professionals comprise 10 percent of those deployed to Iraq by the National Guard and Reserves.
"Law enforcement officers from departments all across the country were deployed to serve in the war as members of the Reserves and National Guard, and when they return to their jobs as police officers we should honor them by supporting their transition," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "Whether these military veterans are returning to law enforcement or are new police recruits, departments should put processes in-place to make their transition easier."
Combat Deployment and the Returning Police Officer is available free-of-charge, and can be ordered by contacting the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770. The publication can also be view online and downloaded by visiting www.cops.usdoj.gov.
The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has awarded over $9 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,200 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of more than 117,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, technical assistance, conferences and webcasts. For additional information about the Child Sexual Predator Program or to view a list of grant recipients, visit COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov.