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HPD Earns Federal Recognition For Employing Veterans

The City of Hilliard Division of Police is earning federal recognition for its efforts to recruit, employ and retain our nation’s veterans.

The organization is one of 859 recipients of the 2023 HIRE Vets Medallion Award, presented by the U.S. Department of Labor. About 34 percent of Hilliard police employees are veterans.

HPD earned the award after submitting an extensive application earlier this year demonstrating the department’s rigorous employment and veteran integration assistance criteria, including tuition assistance programming for veterans.

Notably, in 2020, the department was granted approval by the Department of Veterans Affairs to operate a veterans training program. In this program, newly hired police officers who are eligible for Veterans Affairs educational benefits can enroll in HPD’s training program and receive VA educational funds on a monthly basis for 12 months following graduation from the police academy. 

 Five officers have completed the program since it was launched in 2020.

“We’re proud to support veterans and their career goals, and recognize the value they bring to our workplace,” said Chief of Police Michael Woods. “Because of the work of our training division, veterans enjoy additional benefits as they begin their careers as Hilliard police officers.

Learn more about the the HIRE Vets Medallion Program system at See the awardee map at

To learn more about a career as a Hilliard police officer, visit

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