U.S. funding to hire vets in state law enforcement
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's U.S. senators say funding totaling $635,000 is headed to the state to hire veterans for law enforcement positions in five localities.
The funding announced Monday will provide money to hire two officers for the Raleigh County Sheriff's Office and one officer each for Star City, Summersville, Cameron and Quinwood.
The funding is from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS.
Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller say all the new officers hired under the grant must be veterans who have served at least 180 days of active military duty.