Photo taken by John
President 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.