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COPS Grant Programs Announced

Thu, May 22, 2014 @ 16:05 PM / by Alisyn Franzen

SRO COPS SchoolsThe United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office has announced that it is accepting applications for three of its COPS programs. These programs might be of great interest to municipalities and the schools that serve them. The COPS Office still does not appear poised to reinstate the previous, well-known Secure Our Schools (SOS) program, but these three programs support some of the same areas, especially by providing grant funds for school resource officers (SROs).

The deadline for all three is only a month away. We can help you meet tight deadlines with additional, knowledgeable grant experts. Information for these three programs follows. If you are interested in learning more about these, or if you need help applying for one of these programs, please do not hesitate to contact us

COPS Hiring Program (CHP)

Through this program, the COPS office supports the hiring and rehiring of police officers to focus on certain community policing issues. Additional consideration will be given to the following policing problem areas: homeland security, homicide/gun violence, school-based policing through school resource officers, and trust problems. Additional consideration may also be given for communities that have undergone a catastrophic event, have been designated as a Promise Zone, or who are committed to hiring at least one military veteran with CHP funding.

FUNDING SPECIFICS: CHP will provide up to 75% of entry-level salary and fringe benefits for each newly-hired officer over the 3-year grant period. There is a minimum 25% local cash match requirement and a maximum federal share of $125,000 per officer. Agencies with service populations of one million or more citizens may apply for up to 25 officer positions. Agencies with less than one million may apply for up to 15 officer positions. Award ceiling is $3,125,000.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies with primary law enforcement authority. For a full statement of eligibility, visit the CHP website.

DEADLINE: June 23, 2014 by 7:59 PM, EDT

 

Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

This COPS program provides funding to “advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies” through a variety of grant programs (see funding specifics below). The overall program is designed to address critical topics in law enforcement while building on the concept of community policing, which comprises three key components: partnerships (between law enforcement agencies and the individuals they serve), organizational transformation (to support proactive problem solving), and problem solving (the process of engaging in effective response practices).

FUNDING SPECIFICS: Microgrant Initiative for Law Enforcement provides up to 10 awards, up to $100,000 each. Microgrant Promising Practices Coordinator provides one award, up to $100,000. Critical Response Technical Assistance Program provides one or more awards, up to $1,000,000 total. COPS Community Policing Emerging Issues Forums provides multiple awards, up to $500,000 each. Using Community Policing to Combat Violent Extremism provides one or more awards, up to $500,000 total. Minority Youth Violence Prevention Site Coordinator and Evaluators provides one award, up to $500,000. COPS Office Community Policing Development Continuation Funding provides one or more award, up to $150,000 each. Tribal Training and Technical Assistance provides three awards, up to $300,000 each. COPS Office Catalyst Awards are closed under FY14. There is no cost sharing or matching requirement for these awards.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all public governmental agencies, profit and nonprofit institutions, universities, community groups, and faith-based organizations. For a full statement of eligibility, visit the CPD website.

DEADLINE: June 23, 2014 by 7:59 PM, EDT

 

COPS Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA)

This initiative supports “technical assistance providers to work with law enforcement agencies to assess issues that affect police and community relationships.” The program’s concentration is on the importance of the relationship between law enforcement and the individuals they serve. This program focuses on the same three key components of community policing as the CPD program: partnerships, organizational transformation, and problem solving. The CRI-TA program focuses on two specific topics, including Assessment and Technical Assistance to Law Enforcement or Program Evaluation of the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance. It focuses on a “comprehensive approach that can enhance the relationship between law enforcement and the citizens they serve.” The CPD program has a wider range of topics and focus areas, but ultimately wants to “address critical topics in the law enforcement field by building on the principles of community policing.”

FUNDING SPECIFICS: The topic of Assessment and Technical Assistance to Law Enforcement will award multiple awards of up to $1,250,000 each. A total of $500,000 (one award) will be distributed for Program Evaluation of the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance. There is no cost sharing or matching requirement.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all profit and nonprofit institutions, universities, and colleges. For a full statement of eligibility, visit the CRI-TA website.

DEADLINE: June 23, 2014 by 7:59 PM, EDT

 

In addition to these three grants, the COPS Office website also includes a variety of resources for those interested in policing topics. These resources include a Resource Center, Supporting Safe Schools, Community Policing Dispatch, The Beat, and Vets to Cops. These resources might be useful to you in planning your programs or making a case for funding of your program.

Again, if you have any questions about these or any other grant programs you are interested in, please contact us. Our experts offer free consultations.

 

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