Hurd, Cornyn Commemorate National Police Week with New Law

May 16, 2017
Press Release
Incentivizes local police departments to hire veterans

Washington, D.C. – In commemoration of National Police Week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved Senator John Cornyn’s and Representative Will Hurd’s American Law Enforcement Heroes Act, which will incentivize state and local governments to hire veterans as law enforcement officers.

The bill is part of a joint-initiative led by Rep. Hurd and Senator John Cornyn, who announced their plans to introduce companion bills in both the House and Senate at an event with City of San Antonio and Bexar Country law enforcement officers in late 2016. The bill is expected to pass the Senate later this week, sending it to the President’s desk for his signature.

Modeled after an expired program called Troops to COPS, which helped almost 1,000 veterans in the late 1990s, the legislation aims to better transition our nation’s veterans from serving their country in one uniform to serving their local communities in another.

“My district is home to more than 4,600 active duty and 45,000 military veterans, and this bill provides an opportunity for them to continue their service at home. We owe our freedom to these men and women, and must do a better job facilitating their transition into meaningful civilian careers,” said Hurd, who served along members of the Armed Forces during his nearly decade of service in the CIA. “I am proud to give back to the veteran community and grateful for Senator Cornyn’s leadership getting the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act across the finish line. Our veterans deserve nothing less.”

“This legislation is good for military veterans, good for law enforcement, and good for the communities they are charged with protecting,” Sen. Cornyn said.  “I applaud this bipartisan effort to support our veterans by helping them find jobs in law enforcement agencies across the country."

The bill is expected to be signed into law by the President this week.