COPS Hiring Program (CHP)


The FY20 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) was closed at 7:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

The 2020 Awardee List and all relevant post-award documents can be found by clicking here.

See the COPS Office's Grants page for current funding opportunities.

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The COPS Hiring Program (CHP) Program is a competitive solicitation, open to all state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies with primary law enforcement authority.

Approximately $400 million in funding is available for FY 2020 CHP. CHP provides funding to hire and re-hire entry level career law enforcement officers in order to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities and support crime prevention efforts.

Funding under this program may be used to do the following:
  • Hire new officers
  • Rehire officers (laid off as a result of budget reductions)
  • Rehire officers (at the time of application, currently scheduled to be laid off as a result of budget reductions)

Highlights for this year’s COPS Hiring Program:

  • Funds as many positions as possible for successful applicants; however, the number of officer positions requested by an agency may be reduced based on the availability of funding and other programmatic considerations.
  • 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
  • Requires you to identify a specific crime and disorder problem/focus area and explain how CHP funding will be used to implement community policing approaches to that problem/focus area.
Additional consideration will be given to applicants who select the following problem/focus areas:
  • Violent Crime
  • Homeland & Border Security Problems
  • School Based Policing

All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.

Please Note: To apply for funding, applicants must have a DUNS number (DUNS numbers are required of all agencies requesting federal funding) and have an active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) database. SAM replaces the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database as the repository for standard information about federal financial assistance applicants, recipients, and subrecipients. Applicants must update or renew their SAM registration annually to maintain an active status. Please see the CHP Application Guide for more details.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Questions? Please contact the COPS Office Response Center at or 800-421-6770.

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