The 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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