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COPS Grants Now Available

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Thu, May 3, 2018 @ 14:05 PM

2236253452_9338e31dd0_mThe U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has announced that three of its grant funding opportunities are now accepting applications from state, local, tribal, or territorial law enforcement agencies. All COPS are geared toward growing community policing efforts.

Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

This grant program aims to advance community policing in law enforcement departments through training and technical assistance, the development of community policing strategies, field-directed law enforcement microgrants, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope. Specifically, the 2018 CPD program will fund projects related to the following topic areas:

  • Community Policing Additions to Contemporary Broken Windows Theory Applications
  • Initiatives that support First Amendment Rights: The Community Policing Approach
  • Partnerships to Address Labor Trafficking
  • Online Law Enforcement Training
  • Programs that support First-Line Supervisors
  • Field-Initiated Law Enforcement Microgrants
    • Peer Support for Officer Safety and Wellness
    • Human Trafficking Prevention and Mitigation
    • Hate Crimes Prevention and Mitigation
    • Recruitment and Hiring
    • Incident-Specific After-Action Reviews
    • Child and Youth Engagement
  • Open Topic Area
  • Tribal Training and Technical Assistance

This program is open to public governmental agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations. The DOJ has set aside $10 million available for this grant program. Applications are due by June 7, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program

Funds from this grant program must be used for investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids. Approximately $32 million in funding is available for this program in 2018, and the maximum grant award is $3 million. Each awarded grant is funded over the course of two years, and no local match is required. This grant is open to state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures. Applicants must have primary authority over state seizures of heroin and other opioids. Treatment programs and other opioid related activities are not eligible for funding. Applications are due by June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.

COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)

CAMP funds must be used to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamines. Eligible entities include state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures. The maximum grant amount is $2 million, with $8 million total available. Each grant is funded over two years. The website mentions that this particular program will be extremely competitive. Agencies that plan to participate in anti-methamphetamine task forces with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team structures will be given priority. Applications are due by June 27, 2018 at 7:59 PM EDT.


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COPS Grant Programs Now Accepting Applications

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 @ 09:06 AM
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) opened up the competitive suite of Community Oriented Policing Strategies (COPS) grants. The COPS program assists state, local and tribal law enforcement through grants and funding opportunities. Since 1995, the DOJ has invested over $14 billion to advance community policing. Five COPS programs, detailed below, are currently accepting applications.The COPS Hiring Program and Community Policing Department are two of the DOJ’s longest running and largest programs.

COPS Hiring Program

  • Program Goal: Hire and re-hire entry level career law enforcement officers in order to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities, and support crime prevention efforts.
  • Eligibility: State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies with primary law enforcement authority.
  • Award Amount: $137 million available in funding for all awards.
  • Proposals due: July 10, 2017.

Community Policing Development

  • Program Goal: Training and technical assistance to develop innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope and responsive to the solicitation topics. Solicitation topics include: Cooperative Partnerships with Federal Law Enforcement to Combat Illegal Immigration, Field Initiated Law Enforcement Microgrants, Officer Safety and Wellness Resources, Enhancing Officer Safety Through Increased Respect for Police, Critical Response Technical Assistance, Preparing for Active Shooter Situations (PASS program), and Online Training Development.
  • Eligibility: Public governmental agencies, profit and nonprofit institutions, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.
  • Award Amount: $11 million available in funding for all awards.
  • Proposals due: June 23, 2017.

Preparing for Active Shooter Situations

  • Program Goal: Training providers who offer integrated, scenario-based response courses as described in the 2016 POLICE Act and have substantial experience with providing and tailoring cross-disciplinary active shooter training to law enforcement and other first responders nationally. Funds can also be used to develop supplemental resources to help officers maintain skills like scenario libraries and e-learning modules and to enhance agency skills in tactical medicine and managing exposure to trauma.
  • Eligibility: Public governmental agencies, profit and nonprofit institutions, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.
  • Award Amount: $7.5 million available in funding for all awards.
  • Proposals due: June 23, 2017.

COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force

  • Program Goal: Locate or investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or the unlawful distribution of prescription opiods. Funds may not be used to fund treatment programs or to prosecute heroin and other opioids-related activities.
  • Eligibility: State law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures. Applicants must have primary authority over state seizures of heroin and other opiods.
  • Award Amount: $10 million available in funding for all awards
  • Proposals due: July 10, 2017.

COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program

  • Program Goal: Investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine (including precursor diversion, laboratories, or methamphetamine traffickers). Agencies that plan to participate in anti-methamphetamine task forces with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team structures will be given additional consideration.
  • Eligibility: State law enforcement agencies authorized by law or by a state agency to engage in (or to supervise) anti-methamphetamine investigative activities.
  • Award Amount: $7 million available in funding for all awards.
  • Proposals due: July 10, 2017.

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U.S. Department of Justice Grant Opportunities

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

11049360306_d592c79c3d_q.jpgWe are waiting patiently for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant application window to open. The package of four grant programs includes the COPS Hiring Program (CHP), the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) largest and most popular grant program. CHP funds the hiring and rehiring of entry-level career law enforcement officers, including school resource officers. The other three COPS grant programs include: Community Policing Development, Anti-Heroin Task Force, and Anti-Methamphetamine Task Force. At this time last year, the deadline for 2016 had already been announced. We are continually checking on the status of the program so check back to this blog often to find out when this prevalent program opens up.

Until that time, there are several other DOJ grant programs currently accepting applications. Here are the details and deadlines on some of them.

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

This grant program seeks to increase public safety by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse treatment systems.  The intent is to increase access to mental health and other treatment services for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.  Eligible applicants include states, local governments, and federally-recognized tribal governments. However, proposals must demonstrate that the proposed project will be administered jointly by an agency with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency. Applications are due by April 4.

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program

The goal of this program to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive diversion and alternatives to incarceration programs that expand outreach, treatment, and recovery efforts to individuals impacted by the opioid epidemic who come into contact with justice system. There are six different categories in this DOJ program. See below for eligibility and grant amounts. Specifics on each category can be found on the website. Two or more entities can apply for the grant together. Applications are due April 25.

  1. Overdose Outreach Projects: Local governments and Indian tribes can apply to this program with a maximum grant award of $300,000.
  2. Technology-Assisted Treatment Projects: State agencies are eligible to apply. This includes state administrative offices, state criminal justice agencies, and other state agencies involved with the provision of substance use disorder services to justice-involved individuals. The maximum grant is $750,000.
  3. System-level Diversion and Alternatives to Incarceration Projects: Local governments and Indian tribes can apply to this program that has a grant ceiling of $400,000.
  4. Statewide Planning, Coordination, and Implementation Projects: Applicants are limited to the State Administering Agency (SAA) responsible for directing criminal justice planning or the State Alcohol and Substance Abuse Agency. The maximum grant is $850,000.
  5. Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Implementation and Enhancement Projects: Applicants are limited to state governments that have a pending or enacted enabling statute or regulation requiring the submission of controlled substance prescription data to an authorized state agency. The grant award is no greater than $400,000.
  6. Data-driven Responses to Prescription Drug Misuse: Applicants are limited to state agencies and units of local government located in states with existing and operational prescription drug monitoring programs. State agencies may be awarded $1 million and local government have a ceiling of $600,000.

Training and Technical Assistance to Support the Protection of Constitutional Rights Under the Sixth Amendment

The Sixth Amendment gives defendants in criminal trials several different rights, including the right to counsel. The DOJ believes the right to counsel in juvenile and misdemeanor cases has yet to be fully realized. The purpose of this training and technical assistance program is to ensure states and local governments are provided with the tools to meet the obligation of the Sixth Amendment. The grant provides research-based, data-driven information and resources. The deadline is May 16.


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