Tequesta wants vets for police force

22 applicants so far in one week

When he's not out chasing bad guys, Tequesta Police Officer Ariel Ramirez is out giving new bike helmets to preschoolers.


Ramirez is a Marine Corps veteran who served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He says that experience helped him for these experiences.


"It gave me the bearing that I needed and the discipline that I needed to go out and deal with the community," said Officer Ramirez.


The Village of Tequesta is starting a new program to get more officers like him.  It's called from "Military to Main St."


"Our veterans are coming home and there aren't enough jobs," said Tequesta Mayor Abby Brennan.


Mayor Brennan says they will pay those qualified veterans to attend the police academy and provide a living stipend.


Sgt. James Pike says Tequesta has grown in his two decades on the force. He thinks this new concept is a great idea.


"Anything that supports our troops is a great deal and we need the manpower," said Sgt. Pike.


In just one week, the Village already has 22 applicants for its two positions.  The Village is still trying to figure out how to fund the training, but the hope is that other communities will pick up on this concept.


"It's a win-win situation for both the community and the veteran coming out of the military," said Officer Ramirez as he adjusted one last bike helmet.


If you're interested in applying, you can contact Police Chief Christopher Elg at (561) 768-0505.


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