Sheriff Israel has great news for veterans just in time for Veterans Day. The State of Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FLDVA) has approved the Broward Sheriff’s Office to become an on-the-job training and apprenticeship service provider under the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs GI Bill.
This designation allows veterans employed by BSO as sworn deputies to utilize up to a year of the housing and apprenticeship benefits from their GI Bill during their field training and probationary period as new hires.
The FLDVA has made the benefit retroactive to January 1, 2017, which means more than 30 veterans currently working at BSO are eligible to immediately benefit from this certification.
“The year invested into applying for this benefit was well worth the time and effort in order to give our veterans the ability to claim a benefit they earned and deserve,” said Sheriff Scott Israel. “We also have quite a few vacancies to fill, so we’re hoping this will enhance our recruiting capabilities by attracting veterans with an additional incentive.”
In order to successfully complete the application process, BSO’s Department of Professional Standards was tasked with proving that our training course content, review and assessment process and our trainers possess the proper certifications to meet their apprenticeship standards.
Following the designation, the FLDVA will perform a yearly compliance visit to ensure we continue to meet their qualification standards.
The benefit applies to employees in BSO’s Department of Detention and the Department of Law Enforcement.
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