Community Policing Development: Accreditation


The FY21 Community Policing Development (CPD) Accreditation Program was closed at 7:59 p.m. EDT on July 22, 2021

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The Fiscal Year 2021 Community Policing Development (CPD) Accreditation Program funds are used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies by providing guidance on promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strategies; building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes; and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities.

Please refer to the Community Policing Development (CPD) Accreditation Program subcategories below for list of eligible applicants for each subcategory:

Public Government Agencies

Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and their Public Agencies

For Profit (Commercial) Organizations

Non-Profit Organizations

Institutions of Higher Education

Community Groups

Faith Based Organizations


Applicants are invited to propose projects in one of the following subcategories:

  • Addressing Gaps in State Accreditation - Establishment of accreditation entities in states that do not have an accreditation body (Open to all public governmental agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations).
  • Enhancing Existing Law Enforcement Accreditation Entities - Support and enhancement of existing law enforcement accreditation bodies to facilitate the ability of agencies to become accredited (Open to existing accreditation bodies only)
  • Supporting Tribal Agency Accreditation - Support accreditation bodies in assisting tribal law enforcement agencies through the accreditation process (Open to existing accreditation bodies only)
  • Supporting Law Enforcement Agencies in Seeking Accreditation – Support to law enforcement agencies seeking accreditation (Open to local, state, tribal and territorial law enforcement agencies only)
Detailed descriptions of eligibility, subcategories, requirements, and additional solicitation information are available in the Community Policing Development Solicitation Guide.

Proposals should be responsive to the category and subcategory selected, significantly advance the field of community policing, and demonstrate an understanding of community policing as it pertains to the application topic. Applicants must identify specific program goals that will be directly accomplished if awarded CPD funding.

The Department of Justice is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights, increases access to justice, supports crime victims, protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community. Law enforcement plays a vital role in each of these areas, through developing and maintaining meaningful relationships with all segments of their communities, and working in partnership with those communities to provide effective crime prevention, intervention, and response services and resources. For all Fiscal Year 2021 COPS Office grant solicitations, applicants should consider these priorities when applying for COPS Office funding to advance community policing, and address these strategic planning priorities within their applications as applicable

There is approximately $4,600,000 in funding available through this FY 2021 CPD program. Each award is two years (24 months) in length. There is no local match.

How to Apply

Applicants are first required to register via and complete an SF-424 and, if applicable, the SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying form. After submitting the SF-424, applicants will receive an email with instructions on completing the second part of the application through the JustGrants system. Applications in hard or electronic format sent via email or U.S. Mail will not be accepted.


  • Solicitation Guide
    Download and use this guide to complete the application process in JustGrants. The solicitation guide will provide general information on the administrative and legal requirements governing the COPS Office CPD Accreditation program as well as detailed program-specific information
 All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.

For additional assistance we encourage you to visit the Supplemental Application Materials Page, where you will find frequently asked questions, appendices, additional fact sheets, links to webinars, and other resources.