Oakland, Calif. – California Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced today Police Chief Armstrong received the ESGR Pro Patria Award in recognition of the extraordinary support of Oakland Police Department’s employees who serve in the California Guard and Reserve.
In 1972 the Department of Defense created Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), which is designed to create and foster good relations between employers and the Service members who work for them. Prior recognition for Oakland Police Department includes four “Patriot Awards” received by individuals supporting their Guard/Reservist employee and is one of many ways in which the Dept. of Defense says, “Thank you. Thank you for hiring National Guard and Reserve Service members and for supporting their military service.”
The Pro Patria Award is the highest-level award presented by the California ESGR Committee. There are three employer categories for this award: Large Business, Small Business and Public Sector. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Maj. and Oakland Police Department Lieutenant James Beere nominated his employer for this presigious recognition. Beere wanted to recognize the Oakland Police Department for their support of numerous members of the National Guard and Reserve Components that serve in Oakland Police Department.
Oakland Police Department joins thousands of American employers who have reviewed and amended their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Many employers provide support far beyond what USERRA requires, including pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits to complement coverage provided by the military when their employees mobilized.
The City of Oakland and the Oakland Police Department vigorously recruit Veterans and active members of the Reserve Components with over a third of the police force consisting of active and prior service members. The Recruitment Unit supervisor has asked on multiple occasions for time/dates/units available for employment fairs and visits Guard / Reserve units on a regular basis. Oakland Police Department provides pay differential and benefits up to 12 months and a generous leave policy.
The City of Oakland and Oakland Police Department have honored military Service members through awards, community recognition at City Council meetings, highlighting service members’ story in articles, declarations in support, letters of appreciation, and supporting the families of deployed service members both before and during deployments.
ESGR is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the National Guard and Reserve through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. ESGR also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between Service members and their employers.
For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call 1-800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil/CA.