Department of Justice Awards Nearly $400 Million for Law Enforcement Hiring to Advance Community Policing

The Department of Justice today announced nearly $400 million in grant funding through the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP).  The Attorney General announced funding awards to 596 law enforcement agencies across the nation, which allows those agencies to hire 2,732 additional full-time law enforcement professionals.  The awards announced today are inclusive of the $51 million announced in May as part of Operation Relentless Pursuit.  

“The Department of Justice is committed to providing the police chiefs and sheriffs of our great nation with needed resources, tools, and support.  The funding announced today will bolster their ranks and contribute to expanding community policing efforts nationwide,” said Attorney General William P. Barr.  “A law enforcement agency’s most valuable assets are the men and women who put their lives on the line every day in the name of protecting and serving their communities.”

The COPS Hiring Program is a competitive award program intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing by providing direct funding for the hiring of career law enforcement officers.  In addition to providing financial support for hiring, CHP provides funding to state, local, and tribal law enforcement to enhance local community policing strategies and tactics.  In a changing economic climate, CHP funding helps law enforcement agencies maintain sufficient sworn personnel levels to promote safe communities.  Funding through this program had been on hold since the spring of 2018 due to a nationwide injunction that was lifted earlier this year.

CHP applicants were required to identify a specific crime and disorder problem focus area and explain how the funding will be used to implement community policing approaches to that problem focus area.  Forty-three percent of the awards announced today will focus on violent crime, while the remainder of the awards will focus on a variety of issues including school-based policing to fund school resource officer positions, building trust and respect, and opioid education, prevention, and intervention.  The COPS Office received nearly 1,100 applications requesting more than 4,000 law enforcement positions. 

The complete list of awards can be found here.  To learn more about CHP, please visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/chp.  For additional information about the COPS Office, please visit www.cops.usdoj.gov.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice.  Learn more about the history of our agency at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.

Remember: 6 police grants close soon

Major DoJ/COPS programs open now

March is a big month for police grants!

6 major Federal programs are open during March, but application periods close soon:

DoJ 2020 COPS Hiring Program (CHP), apply by Mar. 11, 2020

DoJ 2020 Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants Program, apply by Mar. 11, 2020

COPS Community Policing Development (CPD) Program, apply by Mar. 31, 2020

COPS Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program, apply by Mar. 31, 2020

COPS Preparing for Active Shooter Situations (PASS) Program, apply by Mar. 31, 2020

COPS Tribal Resources Grant Program – Technical Assistance (TRGP-TA) Program, apply by Mar. 31, 2020

Apply for these 4 COPS Police Grants by Mar. 31, 2020

Police grant programs open for Community Policing, Mental Health, Active Shooter Situations Prep, and Tribal Technical Assistance

Law Enforcement Agencies, it is go time for some major police grant programs! Apply for any of the 4 DoJ COPS office law enforcement grants below by Mar. 31, 2020:

The COPS Office is pleased to announce that the following four grant funding opportunities are now open and accepting applications:

Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

The 2020 Community Policing Development program is a competitive grant program designed to advance the practice of community policing by providing guidance on promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strategies; building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes; and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities.  The 2020 CPD program will fund projects related to the following topic areas:

  1. Law Enforcement Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Program Toolkit
  2. Recruiting the Next Generation of Officers and Deputies
  3. Promising Practices in Law Enforcement Victim Support
  4. Rural Law Enforcement Training Center
  5. Managing High-Risk Law Enforcement Vehicular Pursuits
  6. Implementing Successful Faith-Based Partnerships
  7. Police Academy Innovations
  8. Public Safety Implications of Driving Automation Systems for Motor Vehicles
  9. Open Category

The CPD solicitation is open to all public governmental agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.

Applications are due by March 31, 2020 at 7:59 PM EDT. 

Click here for more information on the 2020 Community Policing Development program

Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program

The 2020 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act program is a competitive grant program that provides funding to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, and implementation of promising practices related to peer mentoring mental health and wellness programs.  The 2020 LEMHWA program will fund projects related to the following topic areas:

  1. Peer Support Implementation Projects
  2. National Peer Support Program for Small and Rural Agencies
  3. LEMHWA Coordinator Assistance Provider

The LEMHWA solicitation is open to all public governmental agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.

Applications are due by March 31, 2020 at 7:59 PM EDT.

Click here for more information on the 2020 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act program

Preparing for Active Shooter Situations (PASS) Program

The 2020 Preparing for Active Shooter Situations program is a competitive grant program that provides funding for scenario-based training that prepares officers and other first responders to safely and effectively handle active-shooter and other violent threats.  The 2020 PASS program will fund an applicant to train at least 20,000 first responders through scenario-based, multi-disciplinary training classes.

The PASS solicitation is open to all public governmental agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.

Applications are due by March 31, 2020 at 7:59 PM EDT.

Click here for more information on the 2020 Preparing for Active Shooter Situations program.

Tribal Resources Grant Program – Technical Assistance (TRGP-TA) Program

The 2020 Tribal Resources Grant program – Technical Assistance program is a competitive grant program that provides funding to support tribal law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance efforts around community policing topics.  The 2020 TRGP-TA program will fund projects related to the following topic areas:

  1. Cold Cases and Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons
  2. Developing an Alaskan Law Enforcement Recruitment Strategy

The TRGP-TA solicitation is open to all public governmental agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.

Applications are due by March 31, 2020 at 7:59 PM EDT.

Click here for more information on the 2020 Tribal Resources Grant Program – Technical Assistance program.

Does your Law Enforcement Agency need Training and Technical Assistance?

Improve public safety, crime reduction, and community policing

From the Department of Justice COPS Office, the Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC) provides no-cost customized technical assistance solutions designed to meet the unique needs of state, local, tribal, and campus law
enforcement agencies throughout the United States.

Offering assistance in a wide variety of topics, CRI-TAC can assist in meeting your dynamic agency needs.

Learn more about the CRI-TAC today

DoJ 2020 Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants Program

Implement community policing strategies

COPS

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Funding Opportunity Number: COPS-Community-Policing-Development-Microgrants-2020

CFDA Number(s): 16.710

Grant Deadline: Applications are due by March 11, 2020 at 7:59 PM EDT

Prevent crime and promote safe communities

The 2020 Community Policing Development Microgrants Program is a competitive grant program designed to advance the practice of community policing by providing funding to local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies.

What this grant does for your agency

Applicants are invited to propose demonstration or pilot projects to be implemented in their agency that offer creative ideas to advance crime fighting, community engagement, problem solving, or organizational changes to support community policing in one of the following 10 areas:

  1. Hate Crimes
  2. Human Trafficking
  3. Meeting Rural Law Enforcement Challenges
  4. Officer Safety and Wellness
  5. Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention
  6. School Safety
  7. Staffing and Allocation Studies
  8. Victim-Centered Approaches
  9. Violent Crime
  10. Youth Engagement

The 2020 CPD Microgrants program will fund projects that develop knowledge, increase awareness of effective community policing strategies, increase the skills and abilities of law enforcement and community partners, increase the number of law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders using proven community policing practices, and institutionalize community policing practice in routine business.

Up to $2.3 million is available through this year’s Microgrants program.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

The Fiscal Year 2020 Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants program is a competitive solicitation, open to all local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies.

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines.

About the COPS Office

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 7:59 p.m. EST, Mar. 11, 2020.

Apply

Apply for the Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants Program

Opening soon: COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and Community Policing Development Microgrants

COPS

Big news!

Despite interest in the COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and Community Policing Development Microgrants Initiative, both programs have been on hold while a lawsuit made its way through Federal court. Law Enforcement Agencies like yours have been waiting for over a year for a resolution on these programs.

However, according to a notice from the COPS Office, the lawsuit has been resolved.

Here are the 3 most important things for you to know right now:

  1. Both programs are expected to open for applications in the next few weeks
  2. Programs will be open for applications for approximately 60 days
  3. The COPS Office expects to announce awards in December

We’ll keep you posted on updates and when your agency can apply for these programs.

Here’s the full announcement from the COPS Office:

The COPS Office is pleased to announce that we will soon be opening applications for both the 2018 and 2019 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and the Community Policing Development Microgrant Initiative. On Friday, July 12, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Department of Justice in the City of Los Angeles v. William P. Barr, Attorney General, lifting the nationwide injunction on CHP and the Microgrants. The COPS Office plans to open solicitations for both the 2018 and 2019 funding in the coming days. Once the solicitations are open and we’re ready to receive applications, we’ll send an additional notice with links to all of the appropriate materials.

The solicitations will be open for approximately 60 days and we expect to announce awards in December.

Please stay tuned for additional details and do not hesitate to contact the COPS Office Response Center at 1-800-421-6770 if you have any questions.

We at First Responder Grants are keeping a close eye and will let you know when these programs open. Want to know how these programs could help your agency? Get in touch

FY 2019 Community Policing Development (CPD)

Up to $6 million in police grants available

COPS

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Funding Opportunity Number: COPS-Community-Policing-Development-2019

CFDA Number(s): 16.710

Grant Deadline: May 28, 2019

Improve and implement community policing programs

The 2019 CPD program will fund projects that develop knowledge, increase awareness of effective community policing strategies, increase the skills and abilities of law enforcement and community partners, increase the number of law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders using proven community policing practices, and institutionalize community policing practice in routine business.

What this grant does for your agency

CPD funds are used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies by providing guidance on promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strategies; building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes; and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities.

The 2019 CPD program will fund projects related to the following topic areas:

  • Building Bridges between Law Enforcement and Youth
  • Increasing the Capacity for Change Through the Implementation of Innovative Recruitment Strategies
  • Designing a Public and Officer Safety Dashboard
  • Protecting Youth Through the Implementation of School Safety Recommendations
  • Translating Crime Reduction Best and Emerging Practices for Small and Rural Agencies
  • Building a Campaign to Improve the Reporting of Hate Crimes
  • Improving Law Enforcement Coordination and Information Sharing in Response to Endangered Youth
  • Innovative Uses of Technology to Address Crime
  • Emerging Issues Forums
  • Training for Law Enforcement: Developing New Skill Building Courses to Advance Public Safety
  • Blue Alert Network Support
  • Open Category

Agencies awarded the FY 2019 Community Policing Development (CPD) receive funds toward one of the programs above.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

The Fiscal Year 2019 Community Policing Development (CPD) program is a competitive solicitation, open to all public governmental agencies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.

About the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office)

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources.

The COPS Office awards grants to hire community policing professionals, develop and test innovative policing strategies, and provide training and technical assistance to community members, local government leaders, and all levels of law enforcement. Since 1994, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to help advance community policing. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Tues., May 28, 2019.

Apply

Apply for the FY 2019 Community Policing Development (CPD)

COPS Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

COPSUp to $10 million for community policing

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: June 7, 2018, 7:59 PM EDT

Develop and implement community policing programs in your jurisdiction

The 2018 Community Policing Development Program is a competitive grant program designed to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through:

  • training and technical assistance
  • the development of innovative community policing strategies
  • field-directed law enforcement microgrants
  • guidebooks, and
  • best practices that are national in scope

The COPS Office, a federal provider of innovative, customer-focused resources that address the continuing and emerging needs of those engaged in enhancing public safety through community policing, has designed the CPD solicitation to address critical topics in the law enforcement field by building on the principles of community policing.

What this grant does for your agency

Community Policing Development (CPD) funds are used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies by providing guidance on promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strategies; building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes; and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities. The 2018 CPD program will fund projects that develop knowledge, increase awareness of effective community policing strategies, increase the skills and abilities of law enforcement and community partners, increase the number of law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders using proven community policing practices and institutionalize community policing practice in routine business.

Agencies awarded the COPS Community Policing Development (CPD) Program receive funds for projects related to the following topic areas:

  • Incorporating Community Policing into Contemporary Broken Windows Theory Applications
  • Supporting First Amendment Rights: The Community Policing Approach
  • Partnerships to Address Labor Trafficking
  • Online Law Enforcement Training
  • Supporting First-Line Supervisors
  • Field-Initiated Law Enforcement Microgrants
    • Peer Support for Officer Safety and Wellness
    • Human Trafficking
    • Hate Crimes
    • Recruitment and Hiring
    • Incident-Specific After-Action Reviews
    • Child and Youth Engagement
  • Open Topic Area
  • Tribal Training and Technical Assistance

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

The Fiscal Year 2018 Community Policing Development (CPD) Program is a competitive solicitation, open to all public governmental agencies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.

About the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office)

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources.

More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, June 7, 2018.

Apply

Apply for the COPS Community Policing Development (CPD) Program