Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday, through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the funding of a new program that will bring military veterans back to employment.
More than $111 million is being made available to fund the new ‘Vets to Cop’ initiative that will require that all new law enforcement positions funded by the program will be filled by recent military veterans. The grants will cover more than 800 law enforcement positions across the country.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki believes that toughness, operational skills, and leadership are among the unique qualities that veterans will bring in the law enforcement. “At a very young age, they learn leadership in ways that most of us don’t. Out there on the ground, they make judgments and carry them out,” he adds.
It can be recalled that earlier this month, President Barack Obama introduced an initiative that will help Veterans land a job. As he discussed his proposal for a Veterans Jobs Corps, he said, “I believe that no one who fights for this country should ever have to fight for a job when they come home.”
In Utah, two agencies are receiving federal funds to hire recent veterans as police officers. The City of LaVerkin is getting $125,000 to hire one officer, and the West Jordan Department of Public Safety is receiving $500,000 to hire four officers.