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Department of Justice announces solicitation for

Star For Immediate Release
April 25, 2016

CONTACT: Najla Haywood

Department of Justice opens grant solicitation to help local law enforcement hire additional community policing officers

Funding is targeted for agencies seeking to advance public safety through community policing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) today announced that it is accepting applications for funding through the COPS Hiring Program. The grant program provides funds directly to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to hire and/or rehire career law enforcement officers to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. Applications will be accepted through June 23, 2016.

The COPS Office is committed to advancing the recommendations in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report and will give consideration to agencies that are focused on building trust between their departments and the communities they serve.

The COPS Office, headed by Director Ronald Davis, is the federal component of the Department of Justice responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, the COPS Office has invested 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 127,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training and technical assistance. For additional information about the COPS Office, please visit