FY 2015 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) is now CLOSED.
The FY2015 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) is now closed. CHP grant funding will be awarded no sooner than September 2015 for the hiring and rehiring of additional career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs and increase grantee community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. All state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies with primary law enforcement authority were eligible to apply. All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.Highlights for FY 2015 CHP: As in years past, 2015 CHP applicants with primary law enforcement authority for the population to be served were eligible to apply. Applicants were able to apply for the number of officer positions equal to 5% of their actual sworn force strength, up to a maximum of 15 officers for agencies with a service population of less than 1 million, or 25 officers for agencies with a service population of 1 million or more. Officer requests may have been made to (a) hire new officer positions (b) rehire officers who have been laid off (by any jurisdiction) as a result of state, local, or tribal budget reductions and/or (c) rehire officers who are (at the time of application) currently scheduled to be laid off (by your jurisdiction) on a specific future date as a result of state, local, or tribal budget reductions.
All applicants were asked to identify a specific crime and disorder problem/focus area and how 2015 CHP funding would be used to initiate or enhance their capacity to implement community policing approaches to that problem/focus area. In FY 2015, additional consideration will be given for CHP applicants who selected “Homicide/Gun Violence,” “Homeland Security Problems” or “Building Trust” as their problem/focus area. In addition, the issue of school safety continues to be a national priority with the law enforcement community, educators, and the general public. As such, additional consideration will also be given for applicants who indicated that the officer position(s) requested will be deployed as a School Resource Officer (SRO). Applicants that selected any of the Building Trust focus areas or School Based Policing through School Resource Officers were encouraged to refer to the report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing for suggested actions to incorporate into their proposed community policing strategy.
The COPS Office supports the Attorney General's commitment to hiring military veterans whenever possible. Applicants who committed to hiring or rehiring at least one military veteran under CHP will receive additional consideration for CHP funding. As in previous years, a military veteran hire must have served on active duty for a period of at least 180 days, any part of which occurred on or after September 11, 2001, and has been discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions.
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