President Trump recently signed into law the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017 (S. 583). A couple media outlets (CBS and Fox) reported the legislation “approves federal grants” to help veterans get priority in hiring and training for law enforcement jobs. Fact check: partially true.
The new law does not create a new grant program or provide new funding to law enforcement agencies for this purpose. The law simply modifies the existing Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant program. COPS Grantees are now allowed to prioritize the hiring and training of veterans with their grant funds. Read the legislation’s text here (.pdf)