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COPS Grant Programs Now Accepting Applications

Tue, Jun 13, 2017 @ 09:06 AM / by Michelle Hansen

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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.

These grant programs are very competitive. We can help make your proposals strong. Contact us today to get started.

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