Anne Arundel County Police Department Chief signs Statement of Support for Guard and Reserve members
Millersville, Md: Maryland Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced Anne Arundel County Police Department Chief Tim Altomare signed a Statement of Support for the department’s sworn officers and civilian employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. The Statement of Support signing was conducted on October 7 at Anne Arundel County Police Department Headquarters immediately following the opening ceremony for the department’s annual Military Appreciation Day Event.
The Statement of Support confirms Anne Arundel County Police Department joins other employers in pledging:
- We fully recognize, honor and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
- We will provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
- We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.
- We will continually recognize and support our country’s Service members and their families, in peace, in crises and in war.
“Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units” said Jean Hulet, ESGR state chair. “I am asking all Maryland employers to take a look at their current human resources policies to incorporate policies supportive of Guard and Reserve employees,” Many Maryland employers provide support above and beyond what is required by law by offering pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits, which complement coverage provided by the military, when their employees are mobilized.”
When asked about the criteria, Hulet said “By meeting the Statement of Support criteria, Anne Arundel County Police Department pledges to continue to stand proudly with their Guard and Reserve employees, who continue to answer their nation’s call to defend our way of life. Their personal sacrifices are essential to the strength of our nation.”
“Anne Arundel County Police Department joins a cadre of Fortune 500 companies, state and federal agencies and thousands of America’s employers in demonstrating support for our armed forces,” added Hulet. “By signing the Statement of Support, Chief Altomare is sending a clear message to the sworn officers and civilian employees of the Anne Arundel County Police Department that while they are serving their country they do not have to worry about their civilian jobs.”
ESGR seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD.
For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call 1-800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.
Photo caption #1: Anne Arundel County Police Department Chief Tim Altomare signs a Statement of Support for his sworn officers and civilian personnel who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
Photo caption #2: Anne Arundel County Police Department Chief Tim Altomare; Maryland ESGR state chair Jean Hulet; and Anne Arundel County Police Department Deputy Chief, Operations Jerard Flemings proudly present the department’s Statement of Support for the department’s sworn officers and civilian employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.