U.S. Military Veterans -
Civilian Law Enforcement Needs YOU! Here are
Resources and Information to Help Returning U.S. Veterans
Enter Police Work and
Learn, Succeed and Achieve Promotion in Their Careers!
Find YOUR Police Job! Here is Important Information for U.S. Veterans
Competing to Enter
Civilian Law Enforcement!
Many law enforcement agencies - police and sheriff's departments -
have demonstrated a firm commitment to military veterans through
specific recruitment practices that target individuals with military
experience - U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps or
U.S. Coast Guard - as well as policies that make it feasible to continue
your career in all branches of Reserve and Guard forces.
Veteran's preference points on entry
Veteran's preference points on promotional exams.
Ability to "buy" or "earn" your military service time toward the time
needed for special assignment, advancement, promotion and eventual
What percentage of their current police force has military
experience and were hired as returning U.S. Military veterans?
If 20% or more, you know the agency has truly made the effort to hire
and promote military veterans.
Does the agency, local government or state have specific
laws or rules that govern how your time as a U.S. service veteran is
used to your benefit? For instance, many State Statutes give returning
U.S. Veterans specific preference in law enforcement hiring and
promotion. What about your state? ASK!
Reserve Friendly - the police agency will
adapt your schedule and allow needed time off for Reserve and Guard duty.
Visible support and pride - many agencies allow and ecourage you to
wear your service ribbons on your dress or even your
reguar duty uniform to show other agency members, the
community and members of other police agencies the pride they have in your military
Transitioning from U.S. Military Service to civilian law enforcement
is not always easy. Does the agency assign special personnel and
training officers with military transition experience to help
make your transition easier?
DON'T just look at the agencies nearby
military bases and facilities! Sure, those agencies have a lot
to offer -
Colorado Springs police departments are great examples. BUT -
competition for positions in these large agencies is also very strong.
Even your home town police department may openly welcome a returning
U.S. Military Veteran into their police agency. YOU have a lot to offer
- actively search and ask questions!
Don't forget! ASK THE ABOVE QUESTIONS of law
enforcement recruiters looking for returning U.S. Veterans, and look for
straight answers before making this very important life decision!
Most important, it is NOT ENOUGH for an agency to say "we support our troops"
or "we actively recruit returning veterans." Look for more! Look for
police agencies that not only actively recruit military veterans BUT
ALSO show visible and lasting support for you while you are a member.
Here are things you should look for, ask about and
carefully consider in a
police or sheriff's department as a returning veteran interested in a
Important Links for U.S. Veterans Entering
Civilian Law Enforcement
IACP Guidebook for Combat Veterans and Law Enforcement:
Transition Guide for Veterans Beginning or Continuing Careers in Law
Vets to Cops Hiring Grants.
Tips for Military Veterans Considering Law Enforcement Careers.
Military Times -
Best Police Agencies for Vets and Reservists.
Military Veterans Transitioning to Police Agencies.
Military Vets Joining Law Enforcement.
Guide to obtaining benefits
from the Department of Veteran's Affairs.
Veterans, Law Enforcement and PTSD.
Returning Veterans Jobs in Federal Law enforcement.