On March 11th, President Obama signed into law the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, which provides funding this year for the COPS Office. This funding is in addition to the $1 billion that was recently appropriated for the COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In total, COPS received $550 million for FY 2009. This includes funding for Community Policing Development, Indian Country, Methamphetamine, Law Enforcement Technology, Secure Our Schools, and Child Sexual Predator Elimination. Listed below are the funding levels for programs that COPS plans to administer through this appropriation and application materials on these funding opportunities will be available in the coming weeks:
|Community Policing Development (CPD)||$4,000,000|
|Law Enforcement Technology||$187,000,000|
|Secure Our Schools (SOS)||$16,000,000|
|Child Sexual Predator Elimination||$18,000,000|
The COPS Office also received $30 million for management and administration (M&A) costs for federal staff salaries and benefits, contracts, and all other administrative costs associated with making new grant awards as well as maintaining grants awarded in previous fiscal years. COPS EMT and senior management will be working with all staff members in the coming months to plan and execute a strategy to ensure that the programs COPS received in this appropriation further the COPS mission to advance the practice of community policing as an effective strategy in communities’ efforts to improve public safety.