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COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) logoThe CHRP Program is Now Closed!

Thank you for your interest in the COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP). The application was open from March 16, 2009 through April 14, 2009, and is now closed. Based on the number of applications received, the COPS Office anticipates CHRP to be highly competitive. In the coming weeks, the COPS Office will be reviewing applications and all applicants will be notified whether they will receive CHRP grant funding no later than September 30, 2009. For more information, click here.

New FAQ for CHRP Applicants with Fiscal Years Starting July 1

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If you need assistance, you may call 1(800)421-6770 between 9:00am and 5:00pm Eastern Time. From July 28 to August 5th, the hours of operation will be extended to 8:00am-6:00pm Eastern Time. Because of the high volume of phone calls, we encourage you to send your questions to us via e-mail at either or

Quick Overview

  • CHRP is a competitive grant program that provides funding directly to law enforcement agencies having primary law enforcement authority to create and preserve jobs and to increase their community policing capacity and crime-prevention efforts.

  • Up to $1 billion in grant funding will be available for the hiring and rehiring of additional career law enforcement officers.

  • There is no local match requirement for CHRP, but grant funding will be based on current entry-level salary and benefits packages and therefore any additional costs for higher salaries or benefits for particular individuals hired will be the responsibility of the grantee agency.

  • CHRP grants will provide 100 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for 3 years (36 months) for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions (including filling existing unfunded vacancies) or for rehired officers who have been laid off, or are scheduled to be laid off on a future date, as a result of local budget cuts.

    *In addition, there is no cap on the number of positions an agency may request, but awards will be limited to available funding. Please be mindful of the initial 3-year grant period and your agency's ability to fill the officer positions awarded, while following your agency's established hiring policies and procedures.

  • At the conclusion of federal funding, grantees must retain all sworn officer positions awarded under the CHRP grant. The retained CHRP-funded position(s) should be added to the grantees law enforcement budget with state and/or local funds, over and above the number of locally-funded positions that would have existed in the absence of the grant.

The COPS Hiring Recovery Program funding is in addition to $2.76 billion in preventing and controlling crime and $225 million to combat violence against women. For more information on CHRP and additional Department of Justice grant program opportunities, including the Byrne JAG Program, click below:

To learn about the Department of Justice's implementation of the Recovery Act, visit