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Star For Immediate Release
May 18, 2015

CONTACT: Mary Brandenberger

Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Opens 2015 Grant Solicitations that Focus on Implementation of Recommendations from the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report

WASHINGTON, DC - The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services today announced the release of the final report from the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. On Dec. 18, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the task force and charged it with identifying best practices and recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust. The task force sought expertise from stakeholders and input from the public to make recommendations, which are included in the final report.

“This report includes tenable solutions for every community across this nation, whether large or small,” said COPS Office Director Ronald Davis. “The remarkable 11 individuals that made up this task force were able to build consensus around some of the most challenging topics in policing.”

The COPS Office today also announced five separate Fiscal Year 2015 grant funding opportunities now open to the field for submission of applications. Agencies applying for funding are strongly encouraged to incorporate the recommendations of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing into the community policing strategies proposed in their applications. Grants will provide a total of up to $163 million to state, local, territory and tribal law enforcement agencies to meet a variety of resource needs, including sworn officer positions, training and technical assistance, and expansion of problem-focused task forces.

The 2015 COPS Hiring Program is a competitive grant program that funds the hiring or rehiring of law enforcement officers. CHP provides 75 percent of the approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits of each newly hired and/or rehired full-time officer, up to $125,000 per officer position, over the three-year (36 month) grant period.

The 2015 Community Policing Development Program advances the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, the development of innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks and best practices that are national in scope. The CPD solicitation is designed to address critical topics in the law enforcement field by building on the principles of community policing.

The 2015 COPS Anti-Gang Initiative funds regional, multijurisdictional anti-gang task forces comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to address gang activity, focusing on enforcement, prevention and education and intervention.

The 2015 Anti-Heroin Task Force Program assists state law enforcement agencies in states with high per capita levels of primary treatment admissions for both heroin and other opioids. AHTF funds shall be used for investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or unlawful distribution of prescription opioids.

The 2015 COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program advances public safety by providing funds directly to state law enforcement agencies to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine.

Applications for all programs are due by 7:59 p.m. EDT on June 19, 2015 and are available through the COPS Office website.

The COPS Office, headed by Director Ronald Davis, is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has awarded more than $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of more than 126,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, and technical assistance. For additional information about COPS, please visit