The City of Toledo will receive $2 million in grant money from the federal Department of Justice to hire military veterans as police officers.
The money will allow the city to hire fifteen new officers at a time when the extra help is desperately needed.
"Our numbers have dipped down to historically low numbers over the last year and this grant can help jump start our personnel," said Toledo Police Sgt. Joe Heffernan.
Heffernan says former military members are uniquely prepared for a career in law enforcement.
"They're very accustomed to that type of protocol and sometimes that's a big adjustment for people who have never experienced a military or paramilitary organization," said Heffernan.
Veteran John Boyd agrees, saying he would be interested in taking advantage of the grant money.
"Me being a 21 plus year man and finally coming home, hey I need a job," said Boyd.
The city says it is still working to determine when the new officers will be hired based on when the money will become available.
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