Best for Vets: Law Enforcement 2014

The story | The methodology

We evaluated law enforcement agencies on factors including their efforts to recruit veterans, preferential treatment of vets while hiring, how many vets they have on the force, the generosity of their pay and benefits to reservists, and other factors. The departments with the most comprehensive responses are listed here. The departments with the most generous offerings are noted with a star.

 
Officers or agents
2012 officer hires
 
 
Department
Jurisdiction
Total
% military
Total
% military
Hiring now
Veteran hiring preference
Exam points
Military experience instead of certification
Retirement credit for military service
Union
ESGR award
  Brevard County Sheriff's Office
Brevard County, Fla., excluding municipal areas
830
no data
68
no data
CFPBA/PEA
City of Austin Police Department
Austin, Texas, city limits
1,740
36%
116
30%
APA
Freedom(2)
  Culpeper County Sheriff's Office
Culpeper County, Va.
97
12%
30
33%
Denver Police Department
Denver and Denver County, Colo.
1,410
no data
0
no data
10/100
DPPA
Veterans Affairs Department: Greater Los Angeles Health Care System Police Service
Greater Los Angeles VA facilities
75
76%
4
100%
AFGE
Extraordinary Employer Support(2)
  Dyer County Sheriff's Office
Dyer County, Tenn.
26
42%
6
33%
20/100
  Goochland Sheriff's Office
Goochland County, Va.
36
36%
3
33%
  Harris County Sheriff's Office
Harris County, Texas, excluding Houston
no data
no data
26
no data
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Hillsborough County, Fla
2,476
14%
no data
no data
Patriot
  Honolulu Police Department
Honolulu and Honolulu County, Hawaii
1,919
no data
93
no data
SHOPO
Extraordinary Employer Support
  Metropolitan Police Department
Washington, D.C., city limits
4,000
no data
300
no data
10/100
FOP
  Mukilteo Police Department
Mukilteo, Wash., city limits
28
43%
4
50%
10/100
T
Patriot
  Office of Law Enforcement/ Federal Air Marshals
Nationwide
no data
no data
0
no data
  Oklahoma City Police Department
Oklahoma City, Okla., city limits
1,116
5%
56
no data
FOP
Orange County Sheriff's Office
Orange County, Fla.
1,600
no data
150
no data
PBA
Extraordinary Employer Support
  Travis County Sheriff's Office
Travis County, Texas
1,192
no data
93
no data
TCSLEOA, TCSOA
Tucson Police Department
Tucson, Ariz., city limits
990
31%
65
28%
TPOA
  Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police
Washington state
150
12%
13
8%
10/ 100(1)
FWOG, T
Webb County Sheriff's Office
Webb County, Texas
158
no data
5
no data
WCDSA
Pro Patria(2)
                           
(1) Under certain conditions, 5/100
(2) Multiple ESGR awards


 
Benefits for activated reservists
 

Department

Medical

insurance

Life

insurance

Pay

raises

Retirement

credit

Sick

days

Vacation

days

Do activated or drilling reservists receive their full civilian pay or the full difference between their military and civilian pay? And how long?
Brevard County Sheriff's Office Full pay, 4 weeks; then full difference, 103 weeks
City of Austin Police Department     Training: Full pay, 3 weeks; activated: full pay, 3 weeks; then full difference, unlimited
Culpeper County Sheriff's Office   No data
Denver Police Department Training: Full pay, 3 weeks; activated: full difference, unlimited
Veterans Affairs Department: Greater Los Angeles Health Care System Police Service   Full pay, 26 weeks
Dyer County Sheriff's Office           No pay
Goochland Sheriff's Office     Full pay, 3 weeks
Harris County Sheriff's Office       No pay
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office difference, unlimited
Honolulu Police Department           No pay
Metropolitan Police Department   Full difference, unlimited
Mukilteo Police Department             Full pay, 21 days
Office of Law Enforcement/ Federal Air Marshals Full pay, unlimited
Oklahoma City Police Department     Full pay, 6 weeks; then full difference, 52 weeks
Orange County Sheiriff's Office     Full difference, unlimited
Travis County Sheriff's Office             No data
Tucson Police Department Full pay, 4 weeks; then partial difference, unlimited
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police   Full pay, 21 days
Webb County Sheriff's Office         Full pay, unlimited