NAPO ATTENDS EVENT WHERE PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SPEAKS ON VETERANS JOB CORPS AND JOINT LAW ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS IN ARLINGTON, VIRGINA

Obama Veterans Jobs CorpsPresident Obama visited Fire Station #5 in Arlington, Virginia on Friday, February 3rd to highlight the details of his Veterans Job Corps initiative. Appearing with the President was NAPO’s Sergeant-at-Arms and Executive Vice President of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association (NJSPBA); Keith Dunn. The PBA Editor of the NJ Cops Magazine, John Hulse and NAPO’s Executive Director, Bill Johnson were also in attendance.

President Obama announced the $166 million for the 2012 Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Grant fund and the preference for these grants to be given to communities that recruit and hire post-9/11 veterans to serve as police officers. The President stated, “So we want to prioritize veterans and we want to help states and local communities hire veterans to firehouses and police stations all across the country.”

Importantly, the President announced that he will include $4 billion in COPS funding for his FY13 budget. This proposed $4 billion was the same amount requested in the American Jobs Act. The President’s complete budget is expected to be released on Monday, February 13th.

Several other incentives to hire, provide tax credits, online tools and benefits to Veterans were outlined during President Obama’s remarks. NAPO supports our Veterans and is proud to work to facilitate their relationship with law enforcement. NAPO continues to firmly support those who serve their country. Last May NAPO President Tom Nee signed a statement of support for the Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). NAPO was the only rank-and-file association in attendance for the Presidents meeting. NAPO is the active voice for rank-and-file in Washington, D.C.