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Star For Immediate Release
April 18, 2012

CONTACT: Corey Ray
(202) 514-5328

COPS Office Now Accepting Applications for Community Policing Development Program

Competitive Grant Program Funds 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 2012 CPD Program has been established to fund specific project needs related to the following topic areas: (1) community policing enhancement; (2) ethics and integrity; (3) policing in the new economy; (4) child and youth safety; (5) police operations; (6) officer safety and wellness; (7) veterans support.  In addition to these specific project needs, there will also be an open topic area for the submission of proposals focused on other community policing-related topics that benefit the wider law enforcement field not listed here.
“The law enforcement field is consistent in their efforts to seek out best practices, advanced training and successful policies,” said COPS Director Bernard K. Melekian. “The Community Policing Development program is designed to support innovative ideas and deliver new practices that can benefit our law enforcement agencies and help keep our communities safe.”

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 May 21, 2012 (5:00 PM ET).  To learn more about the Community Policing Development grant program and how to apply, please visit