The 2012 COPS Hiring Program

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is excited to announce the 2012 COPS Hiring Program (CHP). CHP will provide $111 million directly to law enforcement agencies to hire, retain, and/or rehire career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs and increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.

Image: 2012 CHP Program is now open

CHP is one of several hiring programs developed by the COPS Office since its inception to support law enforcement. This is particularly important as state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies embrace the economic challenges of keeping communities safe while maintaining sufficient sworn personnel levels. More than 15 years after the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 was signed into law, the COPS Office continues to support the efforts of law enforcement agencies across the country as they develop creative and innovative ways to deal with long-standing community problems and public safety issues. To date, the COPS Office has funded the addition of nearly 123,800 officers to over 12,634 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to advance community policing in small and large jurisdictions across the nation.

With approximately 1.82 billion requests outstanding from the 2011 CHP solicitation, this year’s program will be limited to agencies that submitted applications in 2011 which were not funded, as well as agencies whose requests were partially funded. Partially funded agencies are those that received less than their full request last year. The eligibility for these partially funded agencies will be reduced by the number of positions they were awarded in 2011. Agencies are also limited to a maximum request of 5 percent of their sworn force up to 25 officers again this year.

Agencies can request new hire positions to expand their community policing and crime prevention efforts.  Any agency that requests a new hire position will be required to hire a military veteran who has served at any time on active duty in the armed forces for a period of more than 180 consecutive days, any part of which occurred during the period beginning on September 11, 2001, and who has been discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions.  Rehire officer positions requested through CHP do not need to be filled with military veterans.

Eligibility is limited to law enforcement agencies that applied but were not funded or were partially funded under the FY2011 COPS Hiring Program

Due to challenging economic conditions, many law enforcement agencies have faced officer layoffs.  For 2012, your agency may request grant funding in Section 5A of the CHP application for the rehire of officers that have been laid off by any jurisdiction.  Category B should be used to request funding to rehire officers laid off by your agency or by another agency.  This includes the rehire of officers who will be laid off by another agency on a future date.  Category C of the application should be used to request funding for the rehire of officers scheduled to be laid off by your jurisdiction.

2012 CHP grants will provide up to 75 percent funding, with a funding cap of $125,000 per officer position, for approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits of full-time officers for 36 months. The COPS Office may grant a waiver of some or all of an applicant’s local match requirement. During the application review process, waiver requests will be evaluated based on a demonstration of significant fiscal need. A request for a waiver of the local match must be submitted at time of application. If an application is funded, but for a reduced number of officer positions, the percentage of local share will be applied to the total project cost of the awarded officers.

For any 2011 pending applicants interested in applying, please go to the COPS website at and click on the “Account Access” link in the upper right hand corner. Please enter your username and password and select COPS Hiring Program from the menu of services. When you reapply, you will be asked to update only certain questions; these questions will be highlighted in the 2012 CHP Application Guide. For all other questions you should re-enter the data from your 2011 CHP application.

For any 2011 pending applicants that choose not to continue with the 2012 CHP application, please log into “Account Access” and select your pending CHP application. Proceed to Section 2, identify your reason for not continuing, electronically sign and date, and submit; your application will be removed from consideration.

For more information about the COPS Hiring Program, please call the COPS Office Response Center at 800.421.6770, or visit COPS Online at


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