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Friday, September 28, 2012

SPD Gets a Federally Funded/Military-Veteran Officer

Posted by on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM

According to announcement just sent out by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Seattle was selected by the U.S. Department of Justice to get $125,000 for a new officer specifically concerned with teen violence.

The grant is part of the Community Oriented Policing Services program. "In June 2012 over 220 cities and counties were awarded COPS funding for the purpose of hiring or rehiring approximately 800 law enforcement positions," the announcement said.

The grant requires the new, federally funded officers to be recent military veterans.


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Pick1 1
Godamn government getting in the way! Forcing us to give jobs to veterans! The audacity! This is Affirmative Action! BOOOO!
Posted by Pick1 on September 28, 2012 at 12:54 PM · Report this
Estey 2
Oh shit ROBOCOP!!!
Posted by Estey on September 28, 2012 at 1:29 PM · Report this
Do cops really make over $100k a year?
Posted by seattlebikeguy on September 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM · Report this
internet_jen 4
@ 3 - Starting salary looks to be ~64k -- emergencies, protests, festivals, campaign stops, etc., would add dependable overtime.…

Maybe it won't be their starting wage, but if the same cop stays in that position for a long time they'll be receiving planned raises.
Posted by internet_jen on September 28, 2012 at 1:54 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 5
They report the total amount paid for cops, not the salary. So that includes medical, dental, vacation, sick leave, retirement benefits match (same as most private firms give, really), and a fairly strong disability and life insurance component (for a very risky job, duh).

Don't believe the fake "cops make too much" "stats". They're pretty worthless.
Posted by Will in Seattle on September 28, 2012 at 1:57 PM · Report this
Let's take some guys fresh out of a warzone and put them in charge of policing our citizens. Great idea. What could possibly go wrong?
Posted by Kyleen on September 28, 2012 at 2:15 PM · Report this
Pick1 7
@6 I really hope that's tongue-in-cheek.

Not everyone that comes home from war is scarred mentally, and they have this hiring process that is used to help make sure the transition is done properly.
Posted by Pick1 on September 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM · Report this
The guy who shot John T. Williams was a veteran.
Posted by sarah70 on September 28, 2012 at 4:05 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 9
@8 thank you and @6, there have been studies done on veteran's coming back from a war zone to be police. And many times the results aren't....well pretty. Not ALL the time and not all of them are going to snap but they are more likely to if they haven't acclimated to civilian life properly.

But it's just another sign of the militarization of our police forces.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on September 28, 2012 at 6:56 PM · Report this
@3, Seattlebikeguy wrote, "Do cops really make over $100k a year?" The majority of Seattle Police Department's officers are paid more than $100,000 per year.
Posted by Phil M http:// on September 28, 2012 at 8:18 PM · Report this

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