On May 22, the United States Department of Justice announced open solicitations for a series of COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Grant Programs available for FY 2014. Applications must be submitted via the COPS Office Online Application System by June 23, 2014. Recent solicitations include:
The COPS Hiring Program (CHP), whichprovides funding to hire police officers, with additional consideration for the hiring of police officers to focus on selected community policing issues. Applicants may request funds to hire new officers, rehire recently laid-off officers, or maintain officers scheduled to be laid-off. Read more.
The COPS Community Policing Development (CPD) Program, which provides funding to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, the development of innovative community policing strategies, demonstration projects, applied research, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope and responsive to the solicitation topic requirements. 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. Read more.
The Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA) Program, provides funding to technical assistance providers to work with law enforcement agencies to assess issues that affect police and community relationships. The COPS Office, a federal provider of innovative, customer-focused resources, has designed CRI-TA to provide a unique service to law enforcement agencies by focusing on the importance of the community perspective in state, local, territory, or tribal law enforcement issues. CRI-TA adopts a comprehensive approach that can enhance the relationship between law enforcement and the citizens they serve. Read more.