Kentucky adds benefit to ease veterans’ transition to law enforcement

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Members of the military may soon have more support moving from their service in the Armed Forces to service in law enforcement in Kentucky. 

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday that the state is launching a program that allows law enforcement agencies to hire military service members during their last 180 days of service. The move allows them to continue receiving their military pay and benefits while they undergo law enforcement training. 

The program requires the hiring agency to pay a minimum hourly salary and that the veteran commit at least three years with that agency. Those in the program receive “preferential access” to the Department of Criminal Justice Training as well. 

It’s a move to assist with the transition back to civilian life, according to a statement from the governor’s office. Beshear’s office said this program makes Kentucky the first state to utilize the Department of Defense’s SkillBridge program in a partnership like this. 

Anthony Catania, a seven-year veteran of the U.S. Army and now an officer with the Frankfort Police Department, told Beshear’s office that there is anxiety for veterans facing a “transition period” after service life if they do not have a job lined up when they are discharged. 

“It took a lot of stress off myself and my wife because I did not have to worry about whether I had a job lined up once I got out of the Army,” he said. “I could go straight into what I wanted to do and not have to worry about a transition period.”

Those interested in the Military to Law Enforcement program can see what positions are posted at klecs.ky.gov

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