The United States Department of Justice has recently announced open solicitations for a series of COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Grant Programs available for FY 2013.
The COPS Secure our Schools (SOS) Program was created in 1994 and has distributed billions of dollars to US schools. In 1999, the COPS in Schools (CIS) grant program was announced in response to a number of high-profile school shootings. Funding for both programs has declined in recent years. However, over the last few days, COPS issued three new open solicitation announcements for FY 2013. The COPS programs have many strict and specific guidelines, and there have been some major changes in certain FY 2013 requirements.
There is a short window of opportunity to act before the programs’ rapidly approaching deadlines, and there is a lot of paperwork and many requirements to sift through. If you are short on time or staff and you are interested in applying for one or all of these grants, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance. We can help you with as much or as little of the process as you need. We are familiar with the COPS programs and have written successful COPS grants in the past. Our experts can offer quality and rushed support when needed.
If you are unsure whether or not the COPS programs are a good match for you, please do not hesitate to contact us to speak with an educational specialist that can help you determine whether or not one of the COPS programs is a good fit for your school. As the COPS Secure Our Schools program has not been offered for several years, you may also be interested in our free assessment tool, "Is COPS Secure Our Schools Right for You?", as a resource or reference.
Funds in this program are for hiring and rehiring law enforcement officers. The purpose of this program is to create and retain jobs while increasing communities' policing capacities and crime prevention efforts. The FY 2013 version of this program brings with it several important changes that affect funds for hiring school resource officers (SROs), hiring military veterans, and initiating programs to mitigate homicide and gun violence. This grant will fund up to 75% of the salary and benefit costs for an entry-level officer, with a maximum federal share of $125,000 per officer position over a three-year period.
DEADLINE: 5/22/2013 at 7:59 PM ET.
According to the COPS Office website, CPD grants are used to "advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, the development of innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope." There are three main components to community policing: Partnerships, Organizational Transformation, and Problem Solving. Award ceiling: $500,000.
DEADLINE: 5/24/2013 at 5:00 PM ET.
According to the COPS Office website, Microgrants for Law Enforcement “are open to all state, local, tribal, campus, and/or other law enforcement agencies. Proposals should demonstrate an understanding of community policing and present innovative, replicable community policing initiatives." Award ceiling: $50,000.
DEADLINE: 5/24/2013 at 5:00 PM ET.
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