Mukilteo Police Department earns Best for Vets ranking

Nov 07, 2013

The Mukilteo Police Department has made Military Times magazine’s Best for Vets: Law Enforcement 2014 List.

The national list shows veterans which agencies make special efforts to recruit veterans, give them hiring preferences over non-vets, provide retirement credit for time served in the military, and are currently hiring.

“It is an honor for MPD to be recognized and ranked by the Military Times as a ‘Best for Vets’ employer,” said Mukitleo Sgt. Cheol Kang, who filled out the Military Times survey. “The ranking notes that Mukilteo PD has gone above and beyond what many other employers do to reach out to veterans with regards to hiring.”

Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a law enforcement agency will truly benefit them, said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE.

“As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Law Enforcement is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an organization or agency a good fit for military veterans,” Miller said.

The Mukilteo Police Department employs 10 military veterans, all of which are police officers. The department has 28 police officers and a total of 32 employees.

The department and city actively recruit military veterans, Kang said. Job candidates who are veterans earn “preference points” during the initial testing and hiring phases, he said.

“We value the service of military veterans and find military service members to be exceptional candidates to become potential police officers,” Kang said. “The life experience, leadership and management skills, and technical expertise transition to the law enforcement arena very well.”

Kang is one of the 10 veterans employed by the Mukilteo Police Department. He is a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, serving as a public affairs officer.

To create the Law Enforcement list, Military Times scored agencies’ survey responses based on what veterans said was most important to them, as well as on the magazine’s own editorial judgment.

The list considers agencies’ efforts to recruit current and former service members, policies related to veterans and reservists, and departmental culture.

The rankings were published in-full in the October issue of Military Times EDGE magazine and online at

The magazine’s series of Best for Vets survey-based rankings include: Law Enforcement, Employers, Colleges, Business Schools, Franchises, and Career & Technical Colleges.

The agencies named Best for Vets: Law Enforcement 2014:

• Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Florida

• City of Austin Police Department, Texas*

• Culpeper County Sheriff's Office, Virginia.

• Denver Police Department, Colorado.*

• Veterans Affairs Department: Greater Los Angeles Health Care System Police Service, California.*

• Dyer County Sheriff's Office, Tenn.

• Goochland Sheriff's Office, Vir.

• Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

• Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Fla.

• Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii

• Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C.

• Mukilteo Police Department, Wash.

• Office of Law Enforcement/ Federal Air Marshals, nationwide

• Oklahoma City Police Department, Ok.

• Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Fla.*

• Travis County Sheriff's Office, Texas

• Tucson Police Department, Ariz.*

• Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police, Wash.

• Webb County Sheriff's Office, Texas*

*Denotes top finisher

To view the complete ranking, go to

-Edited by Beacon staff

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