$1 Billion Grant Program Will Create and Save Law Enforcement Jobs Across America

Approximately 5,500 additional law enforcement officer jobs will be created or saved in law enforcement agencies across the country through funding provided by the stimulus plan recently signed by the President. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 allocates $1 billion to the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (the COPS Office) for the COPS Hiring Recovery Program. The grant program will be open to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies

“This is a major investment that will create and save more than 5,000 jobs,” said Acting Director Tim Quinn. “The jurisdictions that receive these grants will be able to protect these critical law enforcement positions and use them to address crime and public safety issues."

Funds awarded to law enforcement agencies by the COPS Office provide 100 percent of entry-level salary and benefits for each officer for 3 years. All jurisdictions that receive funding must plan to retain COPS-funded officer positions after federal funding has ended.

Other programs administered by the COPS Office—Technology, Methamphetamine Initiative, Tribal Resources Grant Program, Secure our Schools, and the Child Sexual Predator Program—will be offered through allocations in the 2009 Omnibus appropriations bill.

Information about applying for the COPS Hiring Recovery Program will be posted on the COPS Office and Department of Justice web sites in the coming weeks.