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The COPS Hiring Program (CHP)
funds the hiring and rehiring of entry-level career law enforcement officers.

Apply for this year's CHP grant by July 10th 7:59 PM EDT.

The Fiscal Year 2017 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) is a competitive solicitation, open to all state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies with primary law enforcement authority.

Approximately $137 million in funding is available for FY 2017 CHP. CHP provides funding to hire and re-hire entry level career law enforcement officers in order to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities and support crime prevention efforts.

CHP grants may be used to (1) hire new officers (including existing vacancies that are no longer funded in an agency’s budget); (2) rehire officers already laid off by any jurisdiction as a result of state, local, or Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) budget reductions unrelated to the receipt of grant funding; and/or (3) rehire officers scheduled to be laid off by the grantee’s jurisdiction on a specific future date as a result of state, local, or BIA budget reductions unrelated to the receipt of grant funding.

Highlights for this year’s COPS Hiring Program:

All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.

How to Apply

STEP 1: Register at and complete an SF-424.

The funding code for this solicitation is: COPS-HIRING-PROGRAM-APPLICATION-2017. For technical assistance with the SF-424, call the Contact Center at 800-518-4726 or email

STEP 2: Once you submit the SF-424, you will receive an email from the COPS Office with instructions on completing the second part of the CHP application. Follow the instructions in the email.

If you need to renew your COPS Office Account Access information, contact us at or 800-421-6770.

It is strongly recommended that applicants register immediately on In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the SF-424 as quickly as possible. Any delays in registering with or submitting the SF-424 may result in insufficient time for processing your application.

Please Note: To apply for funding, applicants must have a DUNS number (DUNS numbers are required of all agencies requesting federal funding) and have an active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) database. SAM replaces the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database as the repository for standard information about federal financial assistance applicants, recipients, and subrecipients. Applicants must update or renew their SAM registration annually to maintain an active status. Please see the CHP Application Guide for more details.

Program Documents

Application Guide Agency Portal Grants Management User Manual
FAQ's MOU Fact Sheet
Pre Award Fact Sheet
COPS Hiring Program: 2016 - 2012