Program Background and Goals
The Child Sexual Predator Program (CSPP) is designed to reduce child endangerment by providing grants to state, local, and tribal governments to help them locate, arrest, and prosecute child sexual predators and exploiters, and to enforce state sex offender registration laws. The program also supports partnerships between state or local law enforcement agencies and their district United States Attorneys’ Offices and United States Marshals Service offices.
In fiscal year 2011, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) was appropriated $19,743,017 to assist state, local, and tribal governments in locating, arresting, and prosecuting child sexual predators. Of this total amount, $9,111,740 was provided for sex offender management by the SMART Office, $828,340 was provided to the National Sex Offender Public Registry, and $500,000 was provided to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) for training and technical assistance for new CSPP grantees. This left $9,302,937 available for the COPS Office to award in the form of grants. CSPP applicants could apply for funding up to $500,000.
Because of the limited amount of available grant funding as compared with demand, COPS continued its practice of using a targeted solicitation for the Child Sexual Predator Program. In March 2011, the COPS Office accepted up to two nominations from each district United States Attorney’s Office and each district United States Marshals Service office. COPS accepted nominations for agencies previously unfunded under CSPP, as well as agencies that had been funded in 2008. Agencies awarded in 2009 and 2010 were not eligible for nomination. Nominated agencies were subsequently notified that they would be eligible to apply online through the COPS website from May 2, 2011 until 8:59 PM EDT on June 10, 2011. Of the 156 agencies nominated, 105 successfully submitted an online application before the deadline.
CSPP applicants were required to submit a Project Description (Narrative), Budget Detail Worksheets, and to answer questions about their current and proposed community policing activities. The Project Description and Budget Detail Worksheets were all peer-reviewed by three independent reviewers. In addition, agency community policing plans and budget requests were also evaluated as part of the review process.
Final funding decisions were based on the review of applicant projects, budgets, and community policing activities as mentioned above. As in prior years, preference was given to those applicant agencies that demonstrated a multi-jurisdictional and/or multi-disciplinary approach to locating, arresting, and prosecuting child sexual predators.