January 22, 2022

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Are VA Police Real Cops? How to Become a VA Police Officer | theSITREP

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In Episode 12 of theSITREP, Mike sits down with two VA Police Officers who provide their unique perspectives on how VA Police compares to civilian and military police. Subscribe to our newsletter for more content like this at https://www.newengland.va.gov/info

00:00:34 Are VA Police real cops?
00:01:05 Can VA Police detain people?
00:02:24 What do VA Police do?
00:03:33 How do VA Police interact with VA facilities?
00:05:57 What training do VA Police get?
00:07:52 VA Police partnerships and training
00:09:23 VA Police training in more depth
00:10:15 VA Police training vs Civilian Police
00:10:55 VA Police training vs Military Police
00:11:26 Why does VA need VA Police?
00:14:12 VA Police focus on relationships and solutions
00:17:07 A typical day for VA Police
00:19:27 How a Civilian becomes a VA Police Officer
00:20:20 How a Veteran becomes a VA Police Officer
00:21:54 Does VA Police have an age requirement?
00:23:00 VA Police Academy
00:25:40 VA Police salary and benefits
00:28:46 Is a VA Police career rewarding?


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The Department of Veterans Affairs has three, separate administrations aimed to serve our country’s Veterans with an assortment of benefits that address the unique needs of each and every Veteran. To be sure you are interacting with the proper administration within VA, here are short descriptions for each VA administration:

Veterans Health Care: VA’s Veterans Health Administration is the largest integrated health care network in the United States, with 1,255 health care facilities serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.

Veterans Benefits: Veterans can earn a range of benefits that help them transition back to civilian life in the country they fought to defend. Through the Veterans Benefits Administration, VA helps servicemembers transition out of military service, and assists with education, home loans, life insurance and much more.

National Cemeteries: The job of the National Cemetery Administration is to make sure those who served this nation are never forgotten. NCA provides dignified burial services for Veterans and eligible family members by maintaining 142 cemeteries as national shrines and providing lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our nation.

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