With updates to the COPS Grant Management System, there are new instructions for accepting your COPS Grant Award. Your COPS Grant Award Package will be available electronically on the COPS Agency Portal by early October. The Law Enforcement Executive (Program Official) and Government Executive (Financial Official) must sign the Award Document to officially accept the grant. Once your COPS Grant Award Package is available you will have 90 days from the date listed on the notification of approval to sign and submit the Award Document. For step-by-step instructions on setting up your User Account and E-Signature please refer to the Grants Management User Manual below. If you have any questions or require assistance, you may reach out to the COPS Office Response Center or your Grant Program Specialist at 1.800.421.6770 or askCopsRC@usdoj.gov.
The planned updates to the COPS Grant Management System called NexGen have officially been launched. As mentioned in correspondence received in November 2012 and most recently in mid-March 2013, these system enhancements will improve each agency’s ability to manage grants via the COPS Agency Portal. An Agency Portal Grants Management User Manual has been developed. This manual will provide your agency with all of the information needed to successfully navigate the new system. You may read more about the enhanced NexGen COPS Grant Management System and access the Agency Portal Grants Management User Manual below. If you have any questions or require assistance, you may reach out to the COPS Office Response Center or your Grant Program Specialist at 1.800.421.6770 or askCopsRC@usdoj.gov.
The COPS Office has made a change to the frequency of required progress reporting by COPS grantees. In the past some COPS programs were required to submit programmatic progress reports on an annual basis, while grantees for other COPS programs were required to submit on a quarterly basis. To ensure reporting consistency across programs, beginning July 1, 2013, progress reporting will be required for all COPS grantees on a quarterly basis. The report will cover the prior quarter’s grant activity. Subsequent quarterly reporting notices will be sent to agencies on or around October 1, January 1, and April 1.
The manner in which agencies provide progress reports remains the same (i.e., through COPS Account Access). For each quarterly report, your agency will have thirty (30) days to complete and submit that report. If you are already required to submit your progress report on a quarterly basis, please continue to do so. The COPS Office sent a letter notifying grantees affected by this change in June 2013. You may read more and review the letter below.
More information will be forthcoming regarding future enhancements to the location of all grant reporting on the COPS website including: Programmatic Progress Reports, Federal Financial Reports (SF-425), and CHRP and CHP CP-SAT Reports.
For further assistance, please contact the COPS Progress Report Team by phone at 1-800-659-7379 or by e-mail at COPSProgressReport@usdoj.gov.
FY 2013 COPS Hiring Program (CHP)
The COPS Office is pleased to announce the award of 266 FY 2013 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grants for approximately $127 million. Through this competitive program, the COPS Office provided funding to hire police officers, with priority consideration for the hiring of school resource officers. Applicants were able to request funds to hire new officers, rehire recently laid-off officers, or maintain officers scheduled to be laid-off. Read more...
FY 2013 Community Policing Development (CPD)
The COPS Office is pleased to announce Community Policing Development (CPD) grants for approximately $8.5 million. Community Policing Development (CPD) funds are used to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, the development of innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope. Read more...
FY 2013 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)
The Department of Justice is proud to announce the fourth year of awards under the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). This year, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services partnered with the Office of Justice of Programs and the Office on Violence Against Women to award over $90 million to American Indian and Alaska Native communities to enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, prevent youth substance abuse, address violence against women, serve crime victims, and support other efforts to combat crime. In 2013, through the CTAS program, COPS made 86 awards in the amount of $26,342,389 to Tribes or Tribal consortia to support the hiring, equipment, and training needs of Tribal jurisdictions. Read more...