Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

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Apply for this year's Community Policing Development (CPD) Program solicitations closed at 7:59 p.m. EDT on May 28, 2019.

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The Fiscal Year 2019 Community Policing Development (CPD) program is a competitive solicitation, open to all public governmental agencies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.

CPD 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.

The 2019 CPD program will fund projects that develop knowledge, increase awareness of effective community policing strategies, increase the skills and abilities of law enforcement and community partners, increase the number of law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders using proven community policing practices, and institutionalize community policing practice in routine business.

Up to $6 million is available through this year’s program, and all awards are subject to the availability of funds.

The 2019 CPD program will fund projects related to the following topic areas:

  • Building Bridges between Law Enforcement and Youth
  • Increasing the Capacity for Change Through the Implementation of Innovative Recruitment Strategies
  • Designing a Public and Officer Safety Dashboard
  • Protecting Youth Through the Implementation of School Safety Recommendations
  • Translating Crime Reduction Best and Emerging Practices for Small and Rural Agencies
  • Building a Campaign to Improve the Reporting of Hate Crimes
  • Improving Law Enforcement Coordination and Information Sharing in Response to Endangered Youth
  • Innovative Uses of Technology to Address Crime
  • Emerging Issues Forums
  • Training for Law Enforcement: Developing New Skill Building Courses to Advance Public Safety
  • Blue Alert Network Support
  • Open Category

Proposals should be responsive to the topic selected, significantly advance the field of community policing, and demonstrate an understanding of community policing as it pertains to the application topic. Unless otherwise indicated, initiatives that primarily or solely benefit one or a limited number of law enforcement agencies or other entities will not be considered for funding. Applicants must identify specific program goals that will be directly accomplished if awarded CPD funding.

Detailed descriptions of each of these topics are available in the FY19 CPD application guide.

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

For more information about the CPD program, please call the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770 or visit the COPS Office online at


It is strongly recommended that applicants register immediately on In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the SF-424 as quickly as possible. Any delays in registering with or submitting the SF-424 may result in insufficient time for processing your application.

To complete the CPD application, please visit the COPS Office website at and click on the “Account Access” tab in the upper right-hand corner. Applicants should then enter their username and password and select “Applications” from the Agency Portal Menu.

Complete application packages for the FY 2019 CPD solicitation are due by May 28, 2019, at 7:59 p.m. EDT. Before submitting your application, please review the "Applying for CPD” checklist. Hard copies or electronic copies of applications sent via email or U.S. Mail will not be accepted.

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.

If you need to renew your COPS Office Account Access information, contact us at or 800-421-6770.


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