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Law Enforcement Agencies Encouraged to Apply for Community Policing Grants


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MCALLEN, Texas – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS) opened two grant funding opportunities for law enforcement agencies across the nation.

“It is fitting that these grants would open on law enforcement appreciation day. Our state and local law enforcement go above and beyond to keep our communities safe,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “I encourage all law enforcement agencies in the 15th District of Texas to pursue these and any other opportunities that give them the tools they need to continue their critical work. I stand ready to assist all law enforcement agencies as they work to secure federal funding through these grant opportunities.”

The programs include:

The 2020 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) is designed to advance public safety through community policing by addressing the full-time sworn officer needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide. The program provides funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new or rehire existing career law enforcement officers and increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.

Please click here for more information on the 2020 COPS Hiring Program.

The 2020 Community Policing Development Microgrants Program is a competitive grant program designed to advance the practice of community policing by providing funding to local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies. Applicants are invited to propose demonstration or pilot projects that offer creative ideas to advance crime-fighting, community engagement, problem-solving, or organizational changes to support community policing in one of the following ten areas:

  1. Hate Crimes
  2. Human Trafficking
  3. Meeting Rural Law Enforcement Challenges
  4. Officer Safety and Wellness
  5. Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention
  6. School Safety
  7. Staffing and Allocation Studies
  8. Victim-Centered Approaches
  9. Violent Crime
  10. Youth Engagement

Please click here for more information on the 2020 Community Policing Development Microgrants Program.  

For assistance on grants please contact Andrei Defino at Andrei.Defino@mail.house.gov

Applications for both grants are due by March 11, 2020, at 7:59 PM EDT.

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