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COPS Office Releases $300 Million in Grant Solicitations

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The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), U.S. Department of Justice, last week announced the release of $300 million in grant solicitations for programs that advance community policing, keep school students safe, and improve officer recruitment and retention.

The announced solicitations include:

  • $224.5 million for the COPS Hiring Program (CHP), 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. This year’s program will prioritize applications for jurisdictions that: (a) support Community Violence Intervention (CVI) programs, (b) seek to hire officers to engage directly with CVI teams and other community stakeholders to ensure those groups are involved in strategic operations and planning, and (c) seek to implement hiring practices to help mirror the racial diversity of the communities they serve. All local, state, Tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies that have primary law enforcement authority are eligible to apply.
    Opportunity Number: O-COPS-2023-171633.
    Application deadline: 4:59 p.m. EDT May 11, 2023.

  • $73 million for the School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP), which provides funding to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the grantees’ jurisdictions through evidence-based school safety programs. Awards are provided directly to eligible state, local, Tribal, and territorial partners; the funding must be used to benefit K–12, primary, and secondary schools and students.
    Opportunity Number: O-COPS-2023-171588.
    Application deadline: 4:59 p.m. EDT May 17, 2023.

Visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/grants for information about both grant programs.

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