Later this month the COPS Office will be announcing the solicitation of applications for the 2013 Community Policing Development (CPD) program. The CPD program supports innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and the promotion of best practices designed to be national in scope. In 2012, the program funded projects related to a number of public safety topic areas, including policing in a new economy, ethics and integrity, child and youth safety, police operations, and officer safety and wellness. A variety of topic areas can again be expected for 2013.
New for CPD this year will be a separate solicitation for projects as part of the CPD Micro-Grants for Law Enforcement Initiative. As discussed in a feature in last month’s issue, the funding comes in the form of small-grant “seed” funding and helps to spur innovation within law enforcement agencies and across the profession. While these Micro-Grant projects are smaller in nature, they offer the benefit and flexibility of allowing specific law enforcement agencies to implement innovative initiatives that they would otherwise not have the resources to undertake.
If your organization is interested in knowing when these solicitations are announced, keep a close watch on the COPS Office website at www.cops.usdoj.gov, or sign up to receive to receive email updates on all COPS Office funding opportunities as soon as they are released.
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