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Washington State 911 Operators Want To Know if You're A Veteran

Officer Andy Gould of Auburn, Washington is a veteran. He says his military experience sometimes helps him establish rapport with other veterans.
Officer Andy Gould of Auburn, Washington is a veteran. He says his military experience sometimes helps him establish rapport with other veterans.

New recruits at Washington state’s Law Enforcement Academy are learning how to handle police calls that involve military personnel and veterans.

Washington is home to more than 65,000 active duty service members and more than 600,000 veterans.

Through their military training, veterans know how to “shoot, move and communicate” in ways that can be dangerous for officers trying to help.

The training helps police recognize the challenges that some service members face when they return home from war and the potential challenges they may pose to law enforcement.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Patricia Murphy of KUOW reports.

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