The 2016 Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on May 11, 2016 4:17:00 AM

There is an agency within the Department of Justice whose website includes photos of police men and women story telling to school kids, holding the hands of seniors, and lending an ear to those in need. Rapport between officers and civilians is at the heart of the concept of community policing. The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) does just what its name suggests, promotes the principles of community policing by providing resources for law enforcement agencies throughout the country to help build mutual trust and respect in the neighborhoods they serve. It shifts the focus from exclusively responding to crimes after they occur, to proactive collaboration with community members to discourage criminal activity from happening in the first place. Read More

Topics: Law Enforcement

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Apr 13, 2016 3:00:00 AM

Along with the $9 million the U.S Department of Justice is making available through the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) comes a major paradigm shift in the intersection between criminal justice and mental health. Every year 2 million people with mental illness find themselves in jail. That number far surpasses those in mental hospitals. This situation is unfortunate for everyone involved. Individuals are not getting the treatment they need and counties are faced with an ever increasing price tag for their incarceration. Inmates with mental illness cost more to treat, have longer stays, and contribute to a higher recidivism rate than the rest of the population.

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Topics: Health Care, Local Government, Law Enforcement

OJJDP Anti-Gang Grant Programs

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Mar 30, 2016 3:00:00 AM

It takes a village/community to coordinate prevention, intervention, enforcement, and reentry programs to reduce and control gang-related crime and violence. Grant applications for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Comprehensive Anti-Gang Strategies and Programs are due May 23, 2016. The purpose of this grant is to implement anti-gang programs in the following areas:


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Topics: Law Enforcement, Grant News

Applying for the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (Project Safe Neighborhoods)

Posted by Beverly Browning on Nov 18, 2015 4:30:00 AM

This article is to help your department/organization with grant application planning for the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program, also known as Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). The next solicitation is not yet on the Department of Justice (DoJ) – Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) website; however, it is never too early to start preparing for this highly competitive grant application. Click here for the previous NOFA to assist you with early planning and research.

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Topics: Grant Writing, Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement Grants and the Collaboration Component

Posted by Linda Gilbertson on Sep 16, 2015 4:00:00 AM

It’s common knowledge that you can't simply arrest your way out of a crime problem. Sure, getting the bad folks off the street is a great step toward deterrence (at least while they remain in jail), but that’s not a complete solution. Crime—or rather, the causes of crime—are highly complex, and there isn’t a law enforcement agency around that can fix that solely within the scope of their abilities.

And that’s where collaboration comes in. You may have noticed that a lot of federal grant programs these days include a collaboration component (see COPS below). It may seem like a burden in some ways, but once you see the positive aspects of partnering with an outside agency to make an impact on crime, you'll jump at the chance to collaborate.

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Topics: Law Enforcement, Partnerships

Law Enforcement Grants for Body Cameras

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 13, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Do people tend to behave better when they know they’re being watched? Those in favor of law enforcement officers wearing body cameras think so. In the wake of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody in Baltimore, MD, proponents of body-worn cameras argue that their use improves police and civilian behavior, reveals instances of police misconduct, and builds trust between the police and the communities they serve.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Law Enforcement

Grant Solicitations, Early April 2015

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Apr 14, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Here are a handful of grant solicitations that were recently released. For more information on how eCivis can help you with your grant research, check out our Grants Network videos page as well as our Grant Resource Library for articles.

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Topics: Law Enforcement, Grant News, Employment, Housing

$9.2 Million in California State Grants Available to Fight Gangs

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 28, 2014 10:59:00 AM

The Board of State and Community Corrections has released the RFP for city gang-fighting grants available through the California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Program (CalGRIP). The $9,215,000 annual grant program is designed to reduce gang and youth violence. Applications must be made by cities, which administer the grants, with funding then allocated to community-based organizations (CBOs) and public agencies that target youth, and law enforcement agencies, and probation departments that engage in suppression strategies. Of the total funding available through this program, $1 million is allocated to the City of Los Angeles through a noncompetitive Request for Application process.

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Topics: State Grants, Law Enforcement

FY2014 COPS Hiring Program (CHP)

Posted by Linda Gilbertson on May 15, 2014 8:23:00 AM

Over the past 20 years, the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office has funded 125,000 police officers throughout the United States. The FY2014 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) competitive grant will be open soon, so now is the time to start working on your application. 

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Topics: Federal Grants, Law Enforcement

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program and Sequestration

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Mar 6, 2013 6:00:00 AM

There are a number of useful resources available on sequestration's estimated cuts to federal grant programs. Two such resources are provided by the White House and Dylan Matthews of the Washington Post. These go well beyond my humble research skills. However, I thought it useful to present some data in map form, and to focus narrowly on one program to present some perspective—in this case, a state-level view of the sequester and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program.

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Topics: Federal Grants, State Grants, Law Enforcement, Budgets