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Star For Immediate Release
September 11, 2014

CONTACT: Dean M. Kueter, Jr
(202) 305-5012

COPS Office Awards $1 Million for Critical Response Technical Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) released $1 million in federal funding for Critical Response Technical Assistance grants under the Community Policing Development program. In Fiscal Year 2014, the COPS Office had a competitive grant solicitation for CPD funding with eight topic areas. This is the first of these eight topics to be awarded.

The FY 2014 grantees are:

Police Executive Research Forum $500,000
Virginia Center for Policing Innovation $500,000

These technical assistance providers have demonstrated experience in providing technical assistance to law enforcement agencies. The need for technical assistance can come as a result of a high profile event or major incident, or could be the result of a longer term issue a department has struggled with and needs technical assistance to resolve.

The COPS Office will work closely with the awardees to determine which law enforcement agencies will receive technical assistance, and may conduct an initial analysis to determine the specific needs of the agencies. The grantees have or will develop a cadre of public safety subject matter experts and trainers that can deliver technical assistance on short notice; have experience working with law enforcement; exhibit the flexibility to provide technical assistance to sites on a wide variety of issues; and have a thorough understanding of community policing and other specialized topics.

Grantees will provide technical assistance through methods that may include electronic communication strategies, social media outreach, facilitated discussion, peer to peer exchanges, on-site technical assistance and training, and other approaches. The resulting deliverables will be products suitable for distribution that will provide learning opportunities for law enforcement agencies and their communities.