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Information For Applying for Cops Hiring and Community Policing Programs Available

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Dene Westbrook

The following information was received from the federal government for the COPS Hiring Program and Community Policing Program.

COPS Hiring Program (CHP)

The application period for the 2013 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) is now open. Applications for this year’s CHP solicitation must be completed and submitted by 7:59 PM EDT on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in order to receive consideration. CHP is a competitive grant program that provides funding directly to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies having primary law enforcement authority for the hiring or re-hiring of additional officers to impact their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.

Under Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 CHP, awardees may receive up to 75 percent of the approved entry-level officer salary and fringe benefit costs, with a minimum 25 percent local cash match requirement and a maximum federal share of $125,000 per officer position over a three-year grant period. Grant funds may be used to hire new, full-time sworn officer positions, to re-hire officers who have been laid off, or to re-hire officers who are scheduled to be laid off on a specific future date as a result of local budget cuts. As in the past, CHP requires that each position awarded be retained with local funds for a minimum of 12 months at the conclusion of 36 months of federal funding for each position. Priority consideration will be given to agencies that use their CHP funding to hire either school resource officers or military veterans and those targeting to reduce homicide.

FY2013 CHP funding is limited, and all awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law. For detailed information on CHP program requirements, application instructions, FAQs and more, please visit the CHP page on the COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2367.

Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

The Community Policing Development (CPD) program is now open and applications must be submitted by 4:59 PM EDT on Friday, May 24, 2013. CPD funds are used to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, the development and documentation of innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope.

The program is open to all public governmental agencies, profit and nonprofit institutions, universities, community groups and faith-based organizations. Proposals should be of national relevance, significantly advance the field of community policing, and demonstrate an understanding of community policing as it pertains to the application topic. Applications will only be accepted through the COPS Application Portal, accessed from Grants.Gov website (www.grants.gov). No paper or emailed applications will be accepted. For detailed information on CPD program requirements, application instructions, FAQs and more, please visit the CPD page on the COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2682.

Remember for both programs, applicants must begin their applications at www.grants.gov and then complete applications through the COPS Application Portal.  Please check passwords and other login information before beginning your application.  The COPS Office Response Center can help applicants with problems and issues.  The Response Center can be reached by calling 1-800-421-6770.

Summer Minnick is the Director of Policy Initiatives and Federal Affairs. She can be reached at 517-908–0301 or sminnick@mml.org.

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