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Bill makes it easier for military to become police officers

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill Wednesday that allows those in the military to get credit for their service in the military should they apply to be a police officer.

House Bill 595 exempts former military police officers from the 16-week basic civilian law enforcement training those with no experience undertake. Sponsors of the bill say it requires the prospective officer to be evaluated and go through a probationary period before exemptions can be made.

The bill aims to keep those military personnel in the state workforce, especially since North Carolina has the third highest number of active military members in the country.
In addition, the bill adds three members – the director of the State Bureau of Investigation, the commander of the State Highway Patrol and a juvenile justice officer – to the N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, bringing the total to 34

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