Kentucky fast-tracking retiring military into law enforcement agencies

The Department of Defense has a SkillBridge program aimed at helping military members transition to civilian employment. Kentucky is the first state to utilize the program statewide, as reported here. Military retirees will be able to attend basic police training at Kentucky’s Department of Criminal Justice Training during their final 180 days of military service, positioning them to move straight into a police career. In addition, “The program provides significant cost savings to law enforcement agencies as the military has agreed to continue paying the service member’s salary and other benefits while attending a basic training academy.” The first soldier completed the program in April of this year.



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