Community Policing Development: De-escalation Training Solicitation

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NOW OPEN:

The FY22 Community Policing Development (CPD) De-Escalation Training program
will close on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 7:59 PM ET.*

*IMPORTANT: Applications will be submitted in a two-step process, each with its own deadline.

STEP 1: Register online with www.sam.gov to obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)
and www.grants.gov to complete the Grants.gov application package. 
GRANTS.GOV APPLICATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2022 (7:59 PM ET).

STEP 2: Submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants.
JUSTGRANTS APPLICATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2022 (7:59 PM ET).

ABOUT THE DE-ESCALATION TRAINING PROGRAM

Law enforcement use of force has long been a topic of national and local discussion, especially when a high-profile case heightens community awareness. The concept of de-escalation has been a part of law enforcement use of force discussions for decades. De-escalation refers to the range of verbal and nonverbal skills used to slow down the sequence of events, enhance situational awareness, conduct proper threat assessments, and allow for better decision-making to reduce the likelihood that a situation will escalate into a physical confrontation or injury and to ensure the safest possible outcomes.

De-escalation should be viewed holistically by law enforcement agencies. De-escalation includes aspects of communication and physical tactics, but it is also important to recognize the role that community engagement and procedural justice play in ensuring police-community encounters that are safe for everyone. The COPS Office also encourages an agency-wide comprehensive approach to de-escalation that includes individual-level de-escalation, implicit bias, and duty to intervene techniques training. In addition to training, agencies should consider other organizational supports such as data analysis, after-action reviews of use of force incidents, and other efforts to build agency knowledge and implement best practices in de-escalation.

The FY22 CPD De-Escalation Training program has two open solicitations:

  • FY22 Expansion of Regional De-Escalation Training Centers - Community Policing Development Solicitation
  • FY22 Law Enforcement Agency De-Escalation Grants - Community Policing Development Solicitation

DE-ESCALATION TRAINING PROGRAM SOLICITATIONS

Expansion of Regional De-Escalation Training Centers

Through the Expansion of Regional De-Escalation Training Centers Solicitation, the COPS Office is providing funding for the expansion of a network of regional centers beyond the three that are currently funded in Florida, Kansas, and Nevada. The expansion centers should be administered by accredited institutions of higher education and be able to provide nationally-certified de-escalation training opportunities for law enforcement in a multi-state region.

Who Is Eligible?


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
Funding

There is approximately $3 million in funding available through the FY 2022 for up to 3 awards. Each award is two years (24 months) in duration for a maximum of $1 million per award. There is no local match.

Solicitation Documents

Law Enforcement Agency De-Escalation Grants

The Law Enforcement Agency De-Escalation Grants Solicitation will provide grant funding to support whole agency de-escalation, implicit bias, and duty to intervene training efforts, including overtime to participate in training programs and support for training officers to attend nationally certified train-the-trainer programs in these topic areas. Funding can also be used to support investments in virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) technology, use of force data analysis, after-action reviews, the development of internal marketing/promotional materials, policies, and procedures that encourage a de-escalation mindset, and other organizational change efforts that work toward the creation of a culture of de-escalation within an agency.

Who is Eligible?


Law Enforcement Agencies

State Law Enforcement Agencies

Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and their Public Agencies

Territorial Law Enforcement Agencies
Funding
There is approximately $11.195 million in funding available through the FY 2022 Expansion of Regional De-Escalation Training Centers. Each award is two years (24 months) in duration for a maximum of $250,000 per award. There is no local match.
Solicitation Documents

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