Since the office began in 1994, it has invested over $14 billion to advance community policing. As of 2013, they have enabled over 13,000 law enforcement agencies to hire more than 125,000 additional officers. Beyond law enforcement grants, another important mission of the COPS office is to look to the field to see what works, then produces guidebooks, white papers, newsletters, and multimedia training courses to share technical assistance and best practices. Much of this material can be found on the Community Policing Learning Portal, which is free to both law enforcement and citizens.
Currently, the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program is providing police grants to hire and rehire law enforcement officers. Funding may be used for one or more of the following:
- Hiring new officers, including for vacancies no longer funded in an agency's current budget.
- Rehiring officers who have been laid off due to state, local, or Bureau of Indian Affairs budget reductions.
- Rehiring officers scheduled to be laid off due to state, local or Bureau of Indian Affairs budget reductions.
After the three-year project period, sworn officers hired through the program must be retained for a minimum of 12 months.
Applying for the COPS Hiring Program
The deadline to apply is July 10, 2017 . State, local and tribal law enforcement agencies with primary law enforcement authority are eligible.
UPDATE: This article was originally posted on 5/11/16 and updated 6/1/17 to reflect the current year's deadline. See application guide for complete details.
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