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Safer Outcomes Solicitation

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OPEN:

The FY24 Safer Outcomes: Enhancing De-Escalation and Crisis Response Training for Law Enforcement solicitations will close on
on Tuesday, July 30, 2024, at 4:59 PM ET.*

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

STEP 1: Submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in Grants.gov.
GRANTS.GOV APPLICATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2024 (4:59 PM ET).

STEP 2: Submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants.
JUSTGRANTS APPLICATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2024 (4:59 PM ET).

ABOUT THE SAFER OUTCOMES PROGRAM

The Safer Outcomes: Enhancing De-Escalation and Crisis Response Training for Law Enforcement program seeks to promote safe outcomes during police encounters with persons in crisis through relevant training. Supported training programs must address one or more of the following areas of focus.

  1. De-escalation tactics and alternatives to use of force
  2. Safely responding to an individual experiencing a mental or behavioral health or suicidal crisis
  3. Safe encounters with individuals with disabilities
  4. Successfully participating on a crisis intervention team
  5. Making referrals to community-based services and support

We recognize that de-escalation and crisis response training must be dynamic and ongoing, for this reason we support training in a variety of formats designed to meet the needs of the law enforcement profession. The FY 24 Safer Outcomes program has three solicitations, interested applicants should ensure that they apply under the solicitation that meets their eligibility and intent.

  • Safer Outcomes: Enhancing De-Escalation and Crisis Response Training for Law Enforcement – Support for Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Safer Outcomes: Enhancing De-Escalation and Crisis Response Training for Law Enforcement – Expansion of Regional De-Escalation Training Centers
  • Safer Outcomes: Enhancing De-Escalation and Crisis Response Training for Law Enforcement - Curriculum Integration for Law Enforcement Academies and State-Level Training Commissions

SAFER OUTCOMES PROGRAM SOLICITATIONS

Support for Law Enforcement Agencies

Awards under this solicitation will be made to law enforcement agencies seeking to implement training and related supports on this topic. Training is supported for law enforcement officers, support personnel employed by law enforcement agencies, and mental health professionals working on crisis intervention teams as employees of a law enforcement agency or under a legal agreement with a law enforcement agency.

Who Is Eligible?



Local Law Enforcement Agencies

State Law Enforcement Agencies

Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies

Territorial Law Enforcement Agencies

Funding

There is approximately $7 million in funding available through this solicitation. Maximum award amount is $350,000. Multiple awards will be made. There is no local match required. Performance period for awards is 24 months.


Expansion of Regional De-Escalation Training Centers

Awards under this solicitation will be made to training centers seeking to provide de-escalation and crisis response training for law enforcement in a multistate region. Training is supported for law enforcement officers, support personnel employed by law enforcement agencies, and mental health professionals working on crisis intervention teams as employees of a law enforcement agency or under a legal agreement with a law enforcement agency.

Who is Eligible?

Institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations with experience providing training to law enforcement at the national or regional level.

Funding

There is approximately $4 million in funding available through this solicitation. Maximum award amount is $800,000. Multiple awards will be made. There is no local match required. Performance period for awards is 24 months.

Curriculum Integration for Law Enforcement Academies and State-Level Training Commissions

Awards under this solicitation will be made under two distinct funding paths. Applicants will choose the appropriate path at time of application.

  • Successful applicants under the Academy Path will integrate de-escalation and crisis response concepts throughout a curriculum of instruction used to train sworn officer candidates within a law enforcement academy setting.
  • Successful applicants under the Commission Path will integrate de-escalation and crisis response concepts throughout the development of statewide law enforcement training standards or a program of mandated training for law enforcement officers.

 

For more information on curriculum integration, applicants are strongly encouraged to visit https://portal.cops.usdoj.gov/resourcecenter?item=cops-r1138 to access a publication on Improving Learning Outcomes in Police Academy Training, found in the COPS Office Resource Center. This publication describes a study that was conducted on the effectiveness of integrated curriculum in law enforcement academies and outlines potential promising practices that academies could employ to implement such models.

Who is Eligible?

Academy Path: Law enforcement training academies that deliver a curriculum of basic law enforcement instruction required for certification and employment in sworn officer positions for state, local, tribal, or territorial law enforcement agencies

Commission Path: State-level regulatory bodies with the authority to establish training standards or mandate training curriculum for law enforcement officers in the state, commonly referred to as Police Officer Standards and Training Commissions or Peace Officer Standards and Training Commissions (POST Commissions)

Funding

There is approximately $5 million in funding available through this solicitation. Maximum award amount is $500,000. Multiple awards will be made. There is no local match required. Performance period for awards is 24 months.

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