The Chula Vista Police Department has received a $750,000 grant which it will use to hire and train military veterans. A department spokesperson said they will now be able to hire six military recruits.
According to a recent report by Channel8 News Chula Vista was the only recipient of grant funds for this program within San Diego County. The money was awarded as part of the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The largest grant was awarded to the city of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Poice Department was provided $6.4 million in funding which it will use to hire and train 25 military veterans.
Other California cities, Montebello and South El Monte each received grants of $125,000. Each department said they will use the funding to hire one new officer. Hemet received $630,000, which they said will be used to hire three officers.
The White House said the administration has been committed to helping veterans find jobs and transition back to civilian life. Finding police employment will allow them to continue to serve their country from within its borders, a spokesperson said.
Attorney General Eric Holder said these grants provide opportunities for much-needed, highly-trained professionals. Veterans who served at least 180 days in any of the military’s branches are eligible to participate in the program.