APD Applies for Grant to Hire More Military Veterans

Abilene Police applied for a grant from the Department of Justice to hire nine new officers. The grant will fund salaries with the option of hiring veterans, school resource officers or officers to start a gun violence program.

APD says they will hire nine military veterans, creating more opportunities for local veterans while making Abilene safer.

Officers who are also veterans say the opportunity is enough, but having a job that is easy to transition into is even better. Many experience an easy transition, while the department sees more reliable and mature officers.

APD also says their maturity prevents problems. Veterans in law enforcement are still able to make decisions with the citizen's best interests in mind, despite their military training.

Chief Stan Standridge says they'll hear back from the Department of Justice about the grant in the fall.

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