Improve Law Enforcement Safety and Wellness Practices
Deadline: Apr. 21, 2016
Grants up to $4,850,000 available
BJA is seeking applications for the FY 2016 National Initiatives: Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative—VALOR Program. This national program furthers the Department of Justice’s mission by improving the criminal justice system, enhancing law enforcement safety and wellness, and providing support to efforts including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address law enforcement safety and wellness needs.
BJA’s VALOR initiative was established in 2010 by the Attorney General to respond to the increase in assaults and violence against law enforcement and to increase officer safety and wellness. The VALOR initiative is an overarching program that addresses officer safety and wellness through multifaceted training, technical assistance, and specialized programs. Since its inception, the VALOR Program has provided critical education and resources to law enforcement professionals on officer safety and wellness topics that have a direct impact on officers’ safety. The current VALOR Program is a tactical-, skill-, and awareness-building TTA program, delivered throughout the nation to law enforcement professionals, aimed at improving officer safety, resilience, and wellness.
Since its inception, VALOR has undergone continuous evolution to ensure that it addresses current topics and integrates the latest research and practice to address all aspects of officer safety and wellness that have a direct impact on job safety and performance. These varied emerging issues can have a direct effect on an officer’s ability to prevent or survive the rigorous challenges and threats she or he may face.
What this grant does for your agency
BJA is seeking applications under 5 distinct categories for the FY16 National Initiatives:
- 1. VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Training and Technical Assistance National
Provider – A national officer safety and wellness training and technical assistance (TTA)
provider to continue, and enhance, the Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement
and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Program.
- 2. Active Shooter Response Tactical Training and Technical Assistance Provider – A
tactical TTA provider to deliver tactical TTA to support, on a national level, state and
local law enforcement officers responding to an active shooter event.
- 3. Officer Safety and Wellness Recognition Program – An organization to identify,
recognize, and increase awareness of officer safety and wellness best practices and
programs at a national level through an officer safety and wellness recognition program.
- 4. Officer Safety and Wellness Pilot Research and Evaluation Model – A national
director/coordinator to implement and oversee the creation of an officer safety and
wellness pilot research and evaluation program that will develop three pilot research and
- 5. De-Escalation Training and Technical Assistance Provider – Delivery of evidence-based de-escalation TTA to educate and protect state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers and improve outcomes and relationships between officers and the communities they serve.
Agencies awarded the FY2016 National VALOR Program for Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative receive:
- Under Category 1, BJA estimates that it will make up to one award of up to $4,850,000 for a 24 month project period, beginning on or after October 1, 2016.
- Under Category 2, BJA estimates that it will make up to one award of up to $4,850,000 for a 24 month project period, beginning on or after October 1, 2016.
- Under Category 3, BJA estimates that it will make up to one award of up to $400,000 for a 24 month project period, beginning on or after October 1, 2016.
- Under Category 4, BJA estimates that it will make up to one award of up to $1.2 million for a 24 month project period, beginning on or after October 1, 2016.
- Under Category 5, BJA estimates that it will make up to one award of up to $2.1 million for a 24 month project period, beginning on or after October 1, 2016.
Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.
For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:
Eligible applicants are not-for-profit and for-profit organizations (including tribal non-profit and for-profit organizations); state and local governments; federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior); and institutions of higher learning (including tribal institutions of higher education). Applicants must have extensive experience in providing national training and technical assistance as well as extensive experience and knowledge of the officer safety and wellness field. For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee.
About the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
BJA’s mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. BJA supports programs and initiatives in the areas of law enforcement, justice information sharing, countering terrorism, managing offenders, combating drug crime and abuse, adjudication, advancing tribal justice, crime prevention, protecting vulnerable populations, and capacity building. More
Grant applications are due no later than 8 p.m. EST, Thurs., Apr. 21, 2016.
Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2016-9112. Apply for the FY2016 National VALOR Program for Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative