New Castle County Police Officer First Class Nicholas Hurst, who was recognized for his work with fellow military veteran police officers through the Veterans Response Team, or VRT, was appointed New Castle County co-representative for the Delaware Veterans Coalition at the coalition's bimonthly meeting Sept. 24.

Hurst, a former Marine who served two combat tours in Fallujah, Iraq, explained how the VRT works with the Green Alert Bill, which was signed into law on Aug. 29 by Gov. John Carney. The Green Alert program aids in locating missing members of the armed forces, including veterans, who have a physical or mental health condition related to their service. The law is modeled after Delaware’s existing Gold, Amber and Blue Alert Programs.

The VRT complements the New Castle Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team by providing officers who have served in the military with an extra tool in reaching fellow veterans in need. Hurst was one of four New Castle County police officers who attended veterans response training in North Carolina and shared their training with local agencies, including the Wilmington Police Department, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police Service in Elsmere and the Delaware State Police.

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