While the U.S. Army has temporarily suspended the arming of local police departments with arms, ammo, tanks, and drones, the Department of Justice announced increased grants with hiring quotas for combat veterans. Recent military veterans will have top priority for jobs under a federal program to put more police officers on patrol on America's streets.
Under the COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) program, 629 of the 800 police jobs funded for the next three years – all the newly hired officers – must go to veterans who served at least 180 days' active duty since 9/11. This is the first time the 18-year-old COPS program has required cities and counties seeking grants to hire veterans exclusively.
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