La. police departments get funding to hire vets

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Police Department and St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office are the largest of four Louisiana law enforcement agencies getting federal money to rehire community policing officers or to hire military veterans for new positions.

The Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services says only veterans who served at least 180 days since Sept. 11, 2001, can get jobs created with this year's grants, which total more than $110 million for more than 220 departments nationwide.

Each covers three years of pay. Louisiana's total more than $1.5 million.

New Orleans is getting about $1.1 million for nine jobs and St. Helena Parish is getting $184,000 for three. The town of Baldwin is getting $85,600 and the town Tangipahoa $146,000 for one position each.

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