IACP Press Release - Police Chiefs Release Guides on Returning Combat Veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 26, 2010

CONTACT:
MEREDITH MAYS WARD
703-647-7226
WARDM@THEIACP.ORG

POLICE CHIEFS RELEASE GUIDES ON RETURNING COMBAT VETERANS

Alexandria, VA – Combat veterans face many issues when they are deployed overseas to combat duty and then return to either new or previously held positions as federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and law enforcement leaders across the United States recognize the need for innovative reorientation policies, procedures, and training strategies to address the highly complex transitional process these veterans face upon return.

In response to this need, the IACP has released two guides:

* Law Enforcement Leader’s Guide on Combat Veterans: A Transition Guide for Veterans Beginning or Continuing Careers in Law Enforcement and,

* Combat Veterans and Law Enforcement: A Transition Guide for Veterans Beginning or Continuing Careers in Law Enforcement.

These guides were developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and Applied Research Associates, Inc., Klein Associates Division. To develop these guides, IACP examined the challenges veteran officers face to learn first-hand about their transition from military service to their law enforcement duties in state, local or tribal police or sheriff’s departments.

“In today’s all-volunteer military, these citizens have become the finest examples of selfless service and courage that our country has to offer,” stated IACP President Michael Carroll, Chief of the West Goshen Township, PA Police Department. “As a veteran of the US Air Force, I know that the information contained in both guides will greatly improve our veterans’ transition experience from military to law enforcement. I ask that all police chiefs ensure that these patriots are provided with the utmost support so they can serve their community as law enforcement officers.”

James H. Burch II, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance fully concurs, “The Employing Returning Combat Veterans project and these two guides will prove to be invaluable resource tools, for both law enforcement leaders and combat veterans to facilitate the integration of America’s finest into rewarding law enforcement careers.”

The Leader’s Guide is designed to provide tools and strategies to define or refine a transition/reintegration strategy that optimizes a successful transition and enhanced support for veteran officers. The Veteran’s Guide contains tips, checklists, and resources to assist law enforcement officers returning from combat deployments, while offering some useful suggestions for those veterans seeking a productive and sustainable career in law enforcement.

The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, the Honorable Dennis M. McCarthy adds, "I thank the International Association of Chiefs of Police for their efforts to address the growing employment concerns of Veterans, both those still serving in the Guard and Reserve as well as those who have completed their military service. It's exciting to see an organization like IACP working alongside the Department of Defense Yellow Ribbon Program and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to advance programs for the hardworking men and women who serve our country."

To obtain the two guides, please visit the IACP’s website: www.theiacp.org.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives. Founded in 1893, the IACP has more than 21,000 members in 100 countries.

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