New Law Hopes to Encourage Law Enforcement to Hire Military Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a press release, it was announced that President Trump has signed the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act into law.

The bill, introduced by U.S. Senator John Cornyn and U.S. Representative Will Hurd, "prioritizes U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant applications of state and local law enforcement agencies who use that funding to hire military veterans." The bill was cosponsored by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke.

According to Senator Cornyn, with this bill "our state and local law enforcement partners will get the highly trained individuals they need to keep our communities safe, while giving our veterans an opportunity to continue serving their country.”

“This is just one of the many ways I am committed to giving back to the veteran community. I was proud to lead this legislation in the House to provide an opportunity for veterans to continue their service in their local communities after they transition out of the military,” said Rep. Hurd, who served alongside members of the Armed Forces during his nearly decade of service in the CIA.

Senator Cornyn and Representative Hurd announced plans for the bill at an event with the San Antonio Police Department and Bexar County Sheriff's Office in late 2016.  Earlier this year, Senator Cornyn held separate discussions with the Houston and Fort Worth Police Departments to discuss local efforts to hire more veterans into law enforcement and how this bill could help.


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