May 17, 2017

Manchin Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Veterans Recruitment Bill

American Law Enforcement Heroes Act incentivizes law enforcement agencies to hire military veterans through grant applications

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the unanimous passage of the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act, bipartisan legislation to help state and local law enforcement hire veterans onto their forces, which passed the Senate yesterday. The legislation will prioritize the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) funding of law enforcement agencies that use the funding to hire military veterans. 

“This legislation not only helps our veterans find meaningful employment, it also benefits law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve,” Senator Manchin said. “Through grant funding, the COPS program encourages state and local law enforcement agencies to hire veterans. Finding meaningful job opportunities after serving in the military is crucial to successfully transitioning back into civilian life. This bipartisan legislation is a win-win and I applaud the passage of the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act.”

The legislation is supported by the Fraternal Order of Police, Major County Sheriffs of America, Major Cities Chiefs Association, Sergeants Benevolent Association, National Association of Police Organizations and Veterans of Foreign Wars.