Hiring Vets as Cops
But the jobs aren't available to just anybody. In fact, there's one very important requirement: Only military veterans can apply -- in fact, only fairly recent veterans. Applicants must have served at least 180 days in the military since Sept. 11, 2001. President Obama announced the hiring initiative back in February.
The initiative is under the auspices of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services program, which funds salaries and benefits for new officers and deputies for three years.
Grantees under the program include the cities of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta and Los Angeles.