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2009 COPS Hiring Recovery Program Post-Award Frequently Asked Questions
July 28, 2009

General

  1. When was the COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) grant award announcement?
  2. How many applications were received, and how much was requested?
  3. What is the purpose of the COPS Hiring Recovery Program?
  4. The amount requested for funding far exceeded the amount available. How did the COPS Office determine how to make awards?
  5. What process did the COPS Office use to evaluate applications?

For Awarded Agencies

  1. What is the start date of our award?
  2. How do we obtain our CHRP award paperwork?
  3. Where can I find more information about CHRP grant terms and conditions?
  4. Should I print an updated copy of my CHRP application?
  5. How do I access my on-line CHRP application?
  6. Where can I find the salary and benefit costs for which my agency was approved?
  7. Why is the number of officers I was awarded lower than the number I requested?
  8. My agency requested 20 officers, but was awarded funding for only 12 officers. Will we receive the other 8 officers in FY 2010?
  9. Can I appeal the decision to reduce my request?
  10. My agency has received the award package, reviewed the online CHRP Grant Owner's Manual and other resources, and printed a copy of our final application. How do I accept our CHRP award?
  11. How much time do I have to accept our CHRP award?
  12. The governing body in my jurisdiction may need more than 90 days to accept the award. What do I do?
  13. When can my agency begin hiring/rehiring the officers under the CHRP grant?
  14. When can I start accessing CHRP grant funds?
  15. When will we have to start paying salaries and benefits for the officers out of our agency’s funding?
  16. My agency has determined that we need to lay off more officers, and would like to change our awarded hiring category from new hires to rehires. May we modify the grant now?
  17. After we submitted our CHRP grant application, our City Council reduced our budgeted locally-funded sworn force. How will this affect our award?
  18. When we submitted our CHRP application, we had funding in our local budget for 10 full-time sworn officer positions. Since that time, the new fiscal year budget has come out and we now have funding in our local budget for 12 full-time officer positions. We received a CHRP award to hire two (2) new additional officers. Will the COPS Office rely on the number of officers at the time of application to determine the number of locally-funded officers we need to maintain during the grant award period?
  19. We applied for and received a CHRP award for five officers; do we have to hire them all at the same time?
  20. It typically takes my agency 12 months to recruit and hire an officer. Will I lose a year of my grant if it takes that long?
  21. Our agency just received an award; can we wait until next fiscal year to start hiring?
  22. After receiving our award, can we reduce the number of CHRP-funded officers we planned to hire?
  23. My community policing plans under the grant have changed significantly since I submitted my CHRP application. What do I do?
  24. My agency must withdraw from this award. How do we do that?
  25. What are the programmatic progress reporting requirements?
  26. Will the COPS Office provide training for its CHRP grantees?

For Pending Agencies

  1. Why did my agency not receive funding?
  2. What is the appeal process for agencies that were not funded?
  3. My agency did not receive funding. How does my agency obtain the score that it received on the application?
  4. A neighboring jurisdiction received funding, but my jurisdiction is in much worse shape. Why did they get the grant but not my agency?
  5. I’m just a small department looking for one officer. Why did so many “big departments” get funded?
  6. Since my agency did not receive CHRP funding this time, what can we do to enhance our application for future funding?
  7. How do I obtain a copy of my original application?
  8. What will happen to unfunded applications?
  9. Who should we call if we have questions about CHRP?

Future Funding

  1. Will there be funding for CHRP in FY 2010? If so, how much?
  2. Will the same criteria be used to evaluate applications next year?
  3. Does the COPS Office have any additional resources to assist my agency in our hiring and recruitment efforts?
  4. Do you know of any other sources where I could find funding for officers?

 


General

When was the COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) grant award announcement?

The COPS Hiring Recovery Program grant award announcement occurred on July 28, 2009.
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How many applications were received, and how much was requested?

Nearly 7,300 CHRP applications requesting over 39,000 officers and $8.3 billion in funds were submitted to the COPS Office. Up to $1 billion in grant funding was appropriated for this initiative through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
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What is the purpose of the COPS Hiring Recovery Program?

CHRP is a competitive grant program that addresses the full-time sworn officer needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide. CHRP provides funding directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new and/or rehire career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs, and to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. Up to $1 billion in grant funding was appropriated for this initiative through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

CHRP grants provide 100 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for 3 years (36 months) for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions (including filling existing unfunded vacancies) or for rehired officers who have been laid off, or are scheduled to be laid off on a future date, as a result of local budget cuts. Any additional costs above the approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits are the responsibility of the grantee agency.

Under CHRP, all positions awarded (or an equal number of veteran officers) must initiate or enhance community policing in accordance with the community policing plan as described within Section 5 of the application.
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The amount requested for funding far exceeded the amount available. How did the COPS Office determine how to make awards?

Funding selections were based on a variety of factors, including statutory mandates that govern how CHRP and other COPS Office hiring funds are to be allocated, as well as each applicant's fiscal health, UCR-reported crime, and community policing plans. Many applicant requests were reduced because of the high demand for this year's funding, with the goal of distributing CHRP funding across a wider range of agencies. For a more detailed description of how applications were evaluated, visit our CHRP web page at www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2208.
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What process did the COPS Office use to evaluate applications?

All CHRP applicants provided objective data in their applications regarding their jurisdiction's fiscal health, UCR-reported crime, and community policing plans. The fiscal health factors accounted for 50 percent of the total application index, and the crime statistics and community policing plans accounted for the other 50 percent. In addition, the COPS Office is legally required to distribute half of the available funding to jurisdictions serving populations of more than 150,000 and the other half to jurisdictions serving populations less than this level. As a result, larger agencies were ranked against each other for half of the available funds ($500,000,000), while smaller agencies were similarly ranked against each other for the remaining half of the funds. The COPS Office is also required to ensure that at least 0.5 percent of CHRP funding (in this case, $5,000,000) is allocated to each state or territory with eligible applicants. For a more detailed description of how applications were evaluated, visit our CHRP web page at www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2208.
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For Awarded Agencies

What is the start date of our award?

The grant award start date is July 1, 2009. Most allowable grant activity (hiring or rehiring of officers) will occur on or after July 28, however, which was the official announcement date of the CHRP awards. If your agency hired or rehired an officer between July 1 and July 28 and you wish to use CHRP funds for that position, please call the COPS Office Legal Division at 202.514.3750.
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How do we obtain our CHRP award paperwork?

Your CHRP award paperwork has two components. First, an online toolkit for CHRP grantees can be found at www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2200. We strongly encourage you to visit this site immediately to access a variety of important and helpful documents associated with your award, including the CHRP Grant Owner's Manual, which specifies the terms, conditions, and requirements of your grant.

Second, by September 1, 2009, your agency will have been mailed a CHRP grant award package, which will include the official Award Document, Financial Clearance Memorandum (FCM), Final Funding Memorandum (FFM), and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document which outlines how to accept and begin your award. Your agency will have 90 days from the date listed on the award congratulatory letter included in your award package to officially accept your award, or request additional time to do so.
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Where can I find more information about CHRP grant terms and conditions?

Beginning on the reverse side of your Award Document, you will find three pages of CHRP Grant Terms and Conditions. Read and familiarize yourself with all 16 terms and conditions that apply to your CHRP award. In addition, all CHRP program requirements are thoroughly explained in the CHRP Grant Owner's Manual (GOM). To access your GOM, go to www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2270. Carefully read the GOM to familiarize yourself with all CHRP grant terms and conditions prior to accepting your award.
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Should I print an updated copy of my CHRP application?

Yes. Each CHRP application was subject to a thorough review, and some of your application information may have been updated or corrected from the original version submitted to the COPS Office. At this time, we strongly encourage you to access your application at www.cops.usdoj.gov. Click the "Account Access" tab in the upper right corner of the homepage. To log in, enter your user name, which is your agency's ORI, and the password that your agency created. Once logged in, you will reach the menu of services. Click the "Recovery" link to access your CHRP application, then print and maintain a copy for your records. If you are unable to print a copy of your application, call the COPS Office Response Center at 1.800.421.6770.
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How do I access my on-line CHRP application?

To access your on-line CHRP application, go to www.cops.usdoj.gov. Click on the "Account Access" tab in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage. To log in, enter your user name, which is your agency's ORI, and the password that your agency created. Once logged in, you will reach the menu of services. Please click on the "Recovery" link to access your CHRP application. To request a password reset, please call the COPS Office Response Center at 1.800.421.6770 or e-mail them at askCOPSRC@usdoj.gov.
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Where can I find the salary and benefit costs for which my agency was approved?

This information can be found in two places. As a first step, you should access your CHRP application at www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2208.

Each CHRP application was subject to a thorough review, and some of your officer salary and benefits information may have been updated or corrected from the original version submitted to COPS. Pay special attention to Section 7, which contains the final salary and fringe benefit amounts and categories for which your agency was approved. You will note that some costs may have been adjusted or removed. Your agency may be reimbursed only from within the cost categories that are documented in Section 7 of this final application.

Similar information can also be found in your award package. The Financial Clearance Memorandum will reflect the total salary and benefit amounts approved for your new CHRP award, while the Final Funding Memorandum contains the final officer salary and fringe benefit categories and amounts for which your agency was approved. Again, you will note that some costs may have been adjusted or removed. Your agency may be reimbursed only for the approved cost categories that are documented within the Final Funding Memorandum, up to the amounts specified in the Financial Clearance Memorandum.. Your agency may not use CHRP funds for any costs that are not identified as allowable in the FFM.
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Why is the number of officers I was awarded lower than the number I requested?

The extremely high demand for funding far outweighs the amount available. The COPS Office, therefore, imposed caps on the total number of CHRP officers that were awarded to any individual agency. We concluded that the breadth of needs across the country would be best served by a capping system that would limit the size of awards and distribute officers among a greater number of jurisdictions. Without applying a limit to agency requests, a relatively small number of agencies would have consumed the entire amount of funding available. For additional details regarding the COPS capping methodology, visit www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2267
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My agency requested 20 officers, but was awarded funding for only 12 officers. Will we receive the other 8 officers in FY 2010?

Many CHRP applicant requests were reduced because of the high demand relative to the amount of funding available. For agencies whose requests were reduced, the COPS Office has no plans to award the balance of those requests in FY 2010.
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Can I appeal the decision to reduce my request?

The COPS Office imposed caps on the total number of officers that were awarded to any individual agency due to the relatively limited funding available and the desire to distribute officers to a larger number of agencies; therefore, awarded agencies will not have the opportunity to appeal the decision to reduce their original requests. We concluded that the breadth of needs across the country would be best served by a capping system that would limit the size of awards and distribute officers to a greater number of jurisdictions. Without the imposition of such caps, a very small number of agencies would have consumed the entire amount of funding available. For a more detailed description of how applications were capped, please visit our CHRP web page at www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2267.
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My agency has received the award package, reviewed the online CHRP Grant Owner's Manual and other resources, and printed a copy of our final application. How do I accept our CHRP award?

By September 1, 2009, your agency will be mailed a CHRP grant award package, which will include the official Award Document, a Financial Clearance Memorandum, a Final Funding Memorandum, and Frequently Asked Questions which outline how to accept and begin your award. After you have reviewed the conditions of your CHRP award and your agency agrees with these conditions, you are ready to accept the award. The Acting Director of the COPS Office has signed the Award Document indicating approval of your grant and an obligation of federal funds to your organization. To officially accept your grant, the highest ranking law enforcement executive (Chief, Sheriff, or equivalent) and government executive (Mayor, County Executive, or equivalent) within your jurisdiction must sign the Award Document and return the original document with original signatures to the COPS Office. Typically, these are the same individuals who were listed as the executives in your CHRP application.
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How much time do I have to accept our CHRP award?

Your agency has 90 days from the date listed on the award congratulatory letter included in your award package to return the signed award document to the COPS Office. Failure to return your signed Award Document within the 90-day timeframe will result in your inability to access grant funds, and may result in your agency being withdrawn from your CHRP grant.
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The governing body in my jurisdiction may need more than 90 days to accept the award. What do I do?

If your agency needs more than 90 days to sign and return the Award Document, call your COPS Grant Program Specialist at 1.800.421.6770 to request an extension. All extensions for purposes of returning the Award Document will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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When can my agency begin hiring/rehiring the officers under the CHRP grant?

The grant award start date is July 1, 2009. Most allowable grant activity (hiring or rehiring of officers) will occur on or after July 28, however, which was the official announcement date of the CHRP awards. If your agency hired or rehired an officer between July 1 and July 28 and you wish to use CHRP funds for that position, please call the COPS Office Legal Division at 202.514.3750. For officers who are scheduled to be laid off on a future date, your agency must continue to pay those officers with local funds until their lay-off date, at which point you may rehire them with CHRP grant funding.
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When can I start accessing CHRP grant funds?

Within a few weeks after returning your signed Award Document to the COPS Office, you should receive an important package from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Justice Programs, that will contain the forms and instructions necessary to begin drawing down funds for your grant.
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When will we have to start paying salaries and benefits for the officers out of our agency's funding?

CHRP grants cover 100 percent of the approved entry-level salary and fringe benefits of each newly-hired and/or rehired, full-time sworn career law enforcement officer during the course of 3 years (36 months). Your agency must retain all sworn officer positions awarded under the CHRP grant for a minimum of 12 months following the 36 months of federal funding for each position awarded. The retained CHRP-funded position(s) should be added to your law enforcement budget with state and/or local funds, over and above the number of locally-funded positions that would have existed in the absence of the grant. If, during the life of the grant, you have questions regarding the retention requirement or your retention funding source(s), contact the COPS Office for assistance.
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My agency has determined that we need to lay off more officers, and would like to change our awarded hiring category from new hires to rehires. May we modify the grant now?

Yes. If your agency's local fiscal conditions have changed and your agency needs to request a grant modification to use your CHRP funds to rehire laid off officers (or officers who are now scheduled for layoff), print and complete this brief form regarding the layoffs. Fax your completed form and supporting documentation to the COPS Office Legal Division at 202.514.3456. The Legal Division will evaluate and respond to your request promptly. If your grant also requires a Modified Award Document, your agency will be required to sign and return the Modified Award Document to the COPS Office to confirm the modification, but implementation of the modified award may begin upon notification of approval by the Legal Division. If you have any questions regarding this process, please call the Legal Division at 202.514.3750.

This guidance applies only to modification requests to use CHRP funds for rehires. Any other modification request should be directed to your agency's Grant Program Specialist at 1.800.421.6770.
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When we submitted our CHRP application, we had funding in our local budget for 10 full-time sworn officer positions. Since that time, the new fiscal year budget has come out and we now have funding in our local budget for 12 full-time officer positions. We received a CHRP award to hire two (2) new additional officers. Will the COPS Office rely on the number of officers at the time of application to determine the number of locally-funded officers we need to maintain during the grant award period?

No. To comply with the nonsupplanting requirement of the COPS statute, an agency’s CHRP-funded officers must be in addition to any officers funded in the agency’s local budget. Therefore, if your agency’s local budget for law enforcement officers increases during the life of the grant, the CHRP-funded officers must be over and above the increased level of funding. CHRP grant funds must be used to supplement, not supplant, an agency’s local law enforcement budget. So, in this example, the two (2) CHRP-funded positions must be hired over and above the new locally-funded baseline of 12 officers (not the 10 officers, as originally reported at the time of application) for a total of 14 officers.
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After we submitted our CHRP grant application, our City Council reduced our budgeted locally-funded sworn force. How will this affect our award?

To comply with the nonsupplanting requirement of the COPS statute, if your agency experiences a reduction-in-force during the grant award period, your agency must be able to provide documentation demonstrating that the reduction-in-force occurred for reasons unrelated to the availability of CHRP funds. Supporting documentation may include (but is not limited to) council or departmental meeting minutes, memoranda, notices, or orders discussing the reduction-in-force; budget sheets showing similar personnel or funding cuts in other city departments; and/or budget directives ordering departmental or city-wide budget cuts. These records should be maintained with your CHRP grant records during the grant period and for three years following the official closeout of the CHRP grant in the event of an audit, monitoring, or other evaluation of your grant compliance.
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We applied for and received a CHRP award for five officers; do we have to hire them all at the same time?

No. Although your grant award is for a 36-month period, the COPS Office recognizes that because of the hiring and recruitment process, attrition, etc., the hiring of these positions may be staggered.
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It typically takes my agency 12 months to recruit and hire an officer. Will I lose a year of my grant if it takes that long?

No. The COPS Office recognizes that there will be delays during the 36-month grant award period due to the hiring and recruitment process, attrition, etc. Near the end of your grant period, the COPS Office will afford your agency the opportunity to request a no-cost time extension for your award. Such an extension will give your agency additional time to expend grant funds, and complete the full 36 months of funding for each position awarded. Be aware, though, that only those grantees that can provide a reasonable justification for project delays will be granted no-cost extensions. Reasonable justifications may include setbacks in hiring CHRP-funded positions, officer turnover, or other circumstances that interrupt the 36-month grant funding period. An extension request form will be mailed to your agency during the last quarter of your grant. If you choose to request an extension for your CHRP grant, it must be received at the COPS Office prior to the end date of the award.
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Our agency just received an award; can we wait until next fiscal year to start hiring?

Yes. The COPS Office recognizes that there will be delays during the 36-month grant award period due to the hiring and recruitment process, attrition, etc. Near the end of your grant period, the COPS Office will afford your agency the opportunity to request a no-cost time extension for your award. Such an extension will give your agency additional time to expend grant funds, and complete the full 36 months of funding for each position awarded. Please be aware, however, that only those grantees that can provide a reasonable justification for project delays will be granted no-cost extensions. Reasonable justifications may include setbacks in hiring CHRP-funded positions, officer turnover, or other circumstances that interrupt the 36-month grant funding period. An extension request form will be mailed to your agency during the last quarter of your grant. If you choose to request an extension for your CHRP grant, it must be received at the COPS Office prior to the end date of the award.
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After receiving our award, can we reduce the number of CHRP-funded officers we planned to hire?

Yes. You should notify the COPS Office if you determine that your agency will not be able to hire some or all of the awarded positions. If you wish to modify your grant award, you should submit a written request on your agency's letterhead referencing your grant number, the proposed changes, a brief explanation as to why the change is needed, etc. The COPS Office will then evaluate your request, and notify your agency in writing of our decision. Implementation of the modified grant award may begin following written approval from the COPS Office. Modification approval letters for active grants will often be accompanied by a Modified Award Document reflecting the approved changes. Your agency is required to sign and return the original Modified Award Document to officially accept the modification.
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My community policing plans under the grant have changed significantly since I submitted my CHRP application. What do I do?

If for any reason your agency finds that your community policing plans have changed significantly from those outlined in your application (e.g., because you received fewer officers than originally requested and must alter the scope of your community policing plans), revise the plan accordingly and submit it to the COPS Office for review and approval.
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My agency must withdraw from this award. How do we do that?

CHRP grantees who wish to withdraw must submit a written request to the COPS Office to withdraw from their award. The letter must be on official department letterhead and signed by your jurisdiction's highest ranking law enforcement executive or government executive. The letter should clearly identify that your agency wishes to withdraw from the CHRP award, and include the reason(s) for the withdrawal. The original signed letter should be sent to the COPS Office at the following address:

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Attn: CHRP Control Desk 1100 Vermont Avenue, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20530

Prior to sending a withdrawal request, the COPS Office strongly encourages you to contact your COPS Grant Program Specialist at 1.800.421.6770. While a withdrawal sometimes cannot be avoided, your COPS Grant Program Specialist is available to discuss all options available to your agency to ensure successful grant implementation.
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What are the programmatic progress reporting requirements?

There will be two separate programmatic progress reports due every quarter. The first of these reports must be submitted through the www.FederalReporting.gov website, and will be due no later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter. The second report, to be submitted through the COPS "Account Access" portal at www.cops.usdoj.gov will be due 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter.

Will the COPS Office provide training for its CHRP grantees?

Yes. The COPS Office has partnered with the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) to develop an interactive, online course on managing CHRP grants. This course will be available, at no cost to grantee agencies, by the end of September. To learn about this and other training opportunities for CHRP grantees, please click here.

For Pending Agencies

Why did my agency not receive funding?

The COPS Office received nearly 7,300 applications requesting more than 39,000 officers and $8.3 billion in funds, while $1 billion was available for the program. With such an extremely high demand, the COPS Office was able to fund only 14 percent of the total number of CHRP requests received in FY 2009. The vast majority of applications that did not receive funding this year are considered "pending," which means that the proposal is still under consideration in the event that the COPS Office receives additional police hiring funds in FY 2010. Once the COPS Office receives FY 2010 appropriations, we will determine how best to proceed with all pending requests. No further action is required from your agency at this time.
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What is the appeal process for agencies that were not funded?

There are no appeals for funding decisions in a discretionary program such as CHRP. We regret that we were unable to fund all requests and hope that we will be able to address the additional needs of law enforcement agencies in FY 2010.
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My agency did not receive funding. How does my agency obtain the score that it received on the application?

The three ranking categories were Fiscal Health Index (50 percent of the total index), Crime Index and Community Policing Index (combined to equal the other 50 percent). The individual applicant ranking compared to other applications for each index can be found online at www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2208.
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A neighboring jurisdiction received funding, but my jurisdiction is in much worse shape. Why did they get the grant but not my agency?

Many different factors contributed to the final grantee selections. All CHRP applicants provided objective data in their applications regarding their jurisdiction's fiscal health, UCR-reported crime, and community policing plans. The fiscal health factors accounted for 50 percent of the total application ranking, and the crime statistics and community policing plans accounted for the other 50 percent. [If you would like to find out the ranking of your application, you may go to www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2208.] In addition, the COPS Office is legally required to distribute half of the available funding to jurisdictions serving populations of more than 150,000 and the other half to jurisdictions serving populations below this level. As a result, larger agencies were ranked against each other for half of the available funds ($500,000,000), while smaller agencies were similarly ranked against each other for the remaining half of the funds. The COPS Office is also required to ensure that at least 0.5 percent of CHRP funding (in this case, $5,000,000) is allocated to each state or territory with eligible applicants. For a more detailed description of how applications were evaluated, visit our CHRP web page at www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2108.
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I’m just a small department looking for one officer. Why did so many "big departments" get funded?

COPS is legally required to award 50 percent of CHRP funds to jurisdictions serving populations of more than 150,000 and 50 percent of CHRP funds to jurisdictions serving populations of less than 150,000. As a result, larger agencies were ranked against each other for half of the available funds ($500,000,000), while smaller agencies were similarly ranked against each other for the remaining half of the funds. Approximately 95 percent of the nearly 7,300 applications received were from agencies serving jurisdictions with populations of 150,000 or fewer, thus making the CHRP grants even more competitive for smaller agencies. The COPS Office was able to fund 24 percent of the larger agencies that applied, while only 14 percent of the smaller agencies received funding because of the extremely high demand from smaller jurisdictions.
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Since my agency did not receive CHRP funding this time, what can we do to enhance our application for future funding?
 
The vast majority of applications that did not receive funding this year are considered "pending," which means that the proposal is still under consideration in the event that the COPS Office receives additional police hiring funds in FY 2010. Once the COPS Office receives our FY 2010 appropriations, we will determine how best to proceed with these pending requests.
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How do I obtain a copy of my original application?

To access your on-line CHRP application, go to www.cops.usdoj.gov. Click the "Account Access" tab in the upper right corner of the homepage. To log in, enter your user name, which is your agency's ORI, and the password that your agency created. Once logged in, you will reach the menu of services. Click the "Recovery" link to access your CHRP application. To request a password reset, call the COPS Office Response Center at 1.800.421.6770 or e-mail at askCOPSRC@usdoj.gov.

What will happen to unfunded applications?

The vast majority of applications that did not receive funding this year are considered "pending," which means that the proposal is still under consideration in the event that the COPS Office receives additional police hiring funds in FY 2010. Once the COPS Office receives our FY 2010 appropriations, we will determine how best to proceed with the pending requests. No further action is required from your agency at this time.
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Who should we call if we have questions about CHRP?

The COPS Office Response Center provides information on programs, grants, and application assistance for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The COPS Office Response Center also assists COPS grantees with financial questions and grant-related inquiries about COPS Office programs. Contact the COPS Office Response Center or the Grant Program Specialist assigned to your state at 1.800.421.6770, or by e-mail at askCopsRC@usdoj.gov.
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Future Funding

Will there be funding next year for CHRP in FY 2010? If so, how much?

Congress is currently considering what funding will be available for the COPS Office in FY 2010. The COPS Office will not have any additional information regarding hiring dollars until Congress completes its appropriations work and forwards a final FY 2010 COPS budget to the President for his signature.
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Will the same criteria be used to evaluate applications next year?

At this time, it is too early to answer to this question. The COPS Office does not know whether we will receive additional funding for officer hiring next year. Once the COPS Office receives our FY 2010 appropriations, we will determine how best to proceed with the pending requests, whether we will accept additional applications, and how all of those requests will be evaluated.
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Does the COPS Office have any additional resources to assist my agency in our hiring and recruitment efforts?

Yes, below are a variety of resources to better enable law enforcement agencies to recruit, hire, and retain officers.

Innovations in Police Recruitment and Hiring - Hiring in the Spirit of Service

This publication discusses how agencies met their goals of hiring service-oriented recruits and the challenges encountered, as well as lessons learned.

Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention Resources for Law Enforcement CD-ROM

This CD provides resources to assist those responsible for finding, training, and retaining qualified staff.

Police Recruitment and Retention Clearinghouse

This website promotes evidence-based personnel planning by making information on police staffing readily available for police decision makers in an easy to use, searchable form.

Discover Policing

First hand descriptions of law enforcement work; provides opportunities for potential recruits and agencies to connect.

Police Training Officer (PTO) CD-ROM

The CD is a four-part compilation of resources of the COPS Office Police Training Officer (PTO) program, an innovative field training experience reflecting policing in the 21st century.

Additional COPS publications and resources are posted on-line at www.cops.usdoj.gov.

Do you know of any other sources where I could find funding for officers?

Many federal funding opportunities are posted on www.grants.gov. Also, the Office of Justice Programs, a fellow component of the Department of Justice, is another source of funding opportunities for law enforcement. Visit www.ojp.usdoj.gov or www.cops.usdoj.gov for additional information on Department of Justice funding initiatives.
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