The U.S. Army Reserve and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPDC) today announced the launch of a unique employer partnership that will allow both organizations to recruit, train and employ young people interested in both serving the nation and helping to protect the District of Columbia. The MPDC became the first law enforcement agency in the nation to enter into this joint venture with the Army Reserve.
In this photograph provided by the U.S. Army Reserve, Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz (right), chief, U.S. Army Reserve and Chief Cathy Lanier, Metropolitan Police Department (left) shake hands at an official signing ceremony on Monday, July 14, 2008 at the Metropolitan Police Academy in Washington D.C. The unique employer partnership will allow both organizations to recruit, train and employ those interested in both serving the Nation and pursuing a profession in law enforcement.
Recognizing that the Army Reserve and MPDC are drawing from and utilizing the same dynamic workforce, the agreement between Army Reserve and MPDC provides for a shared recruitment effort and tangible benefits for employers who share their employees with the Army Reserve.
“I am proud to create an alliance with the Metropolitan Police Department that is a win-win for Soldiers and their families. The partnership will provide our talented Army Reserve Soldiers opportunities for employment with an exemplary organization,” said Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, Chief, Army Reserve, and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command. “The MPDC provides outstanding incentives and benefits for their employees who are members of the U.S. military, and I look forward to a long and enduring joint venture.”
“Our partnership with the Army Reserve is an important one that will help us to recruit and retain a high-skilled work force,” said Chief Cathy L. Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department. “It will help make our force stronger and our city safer.”
Today’s Army Reserve provides for 93 percent of the Army’s total military police force, allowing the MPDC to have assured access to a trained, skilled and professional law enforcement workforce. In return, the MPDC will provide unique benefits to Army Reserve Soldiers including the potential for higher starting positions and salaries, the ability to earn college credits, as well as continued health and retirement benefits while on active military duty.
The Employer Partnership Initiative seeks to formalize the relationship between the Army Reserve and employers who are drawing from and utilizing a similar workforce. It establishes a process whereby employers and the Army Reserve may secure and share the talents of trained professionals. Partners such as the Metropolitan Police Department will benefit from the employment of men and women with Army values, experience and proven leadership skills. Other partners include Inova Health System, the American Trucking Associations, Con-way Freight, and Crowley Auto Group.
ABOUT THE UNITED STATES ARMY RESERVE
The Army Reserve is a community-based federally directed force of highly-skilled, patriotic men and women that provides our Nation with trained units and qualified Soldiers during peacetime, contingencies and war. These Soldier Citizens are the backbone of the U.S. Army, providing critical support in combat, peacekeeping, nation-building and civil affairs. Army Reserve Soldiers have proudly played a vital role in every American military and humanitarian mission of the past 100 years. Today 196,000 trained Army Reserve Soldiers in units across the country stand ready to serve the nation when called upon by the President. For additional information please visit www.armyreserve.army.mil.
ABOUT THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT
One of the ten largest local police agencies in the United States, the MPDC is the primary law enforcement agency for the District of Columbia. Founded in 1861, the MPDC of today is on the forefront of technological crime fighting advances, from highly developed advances in evidence analysis to state-of the-art-information technology. These modern techniques are combined with a contemporary community policing philosophy, referred to as Policing for Prevention. Community policing bonds the police and residents in a working partnership designed to organize and mobilize residents, merchants and professionals to improve the quality of life for all who live, work, and visit the Nation's Capital.
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