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Star For Immediate Release
March 15, 2011

CONTACT: Gilbert L. Moore
(202) 616-1728

COPS Office Accepting Applications to Fund Innovative Policing Projects

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced the solicitation of applications under the  Community Policing Development grant program, which funds a broad range of projects intended to advance community policing practices.

The Community Policing Development program supports innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope.  The program funds projects related to one of the following topic areas: Policing in a New Economy; Ethics and Integrity; Child and Youth Safety; Role of Community Policing in Homeland Security; Urban Violence; Tribal Resources Training and Technical Assistance; Basic Community Policing Regional Technical Assistance; Critical Response Technical Assistance; Core Community Policing Training Curriculum Development; and, an Open Topic area.

“Police departments are consistently asked to find more effective and efficient ways to respond to crime, particularly in today’s economy. This program will fund technical assistance and the development of other resources that help law enforcement do their job,” said COPS Director Bernard K. Melekian. “The program is designed to address critical topics facing American law enforcement and the communities they serve.”

The Community Policing Development Program is open to all public governmental agencies, profit and non-profit institutions, universities, community groups and faith based organizations. Proposals should be of national relevance, significantly advance the field of community policing, and demonstrate an understanding of community policing as it pertains to the application topic. Initiatives that primarily or solely benefit one or a limited number of law enforcement agencies or other entities will not be considered for funding.  All applications must be submitted online by Thursday, April 21, 2011. 

To learn more about the Community Policing Development grant program and how to apply, please visit