Important Program Update
The issues with the COPS Application System (CAPS) have been resolved. CAPS is now fully functioning. If you have already submitted your application, please log into CAPS and review the information in your application. If you have started but not yet completed your application, a letter will be emailed with instructions on how to complete and submit your application. Please also find this letter below for your convenience. The deadline to submit your application for both the COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and Community Policing Development (CPD) has been extended to June 4th at 7:59 PM EDT.
The FY2013 CHP grant program is an open solicitation. All local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies that have primary law enforcement authority are eligible to apply. All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is pleased to announce that we are accepting grant applications for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) for the hiring and rehiring of additional career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs and increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.
Please note that applications for this program must be submitted in two parts. First, applicants must apply online via www.grants.gov to complete the SF-424, the government-wide standard form required for competitive grant application packages. Once the SF-424 has been submitted, you will receive an e-mail from the COPS Office with instructions on completing the second part of the CHP application through the COPS Office Online Application System (CAPS), found on the COPS Office website, through the “Account Access” link in the upper right hand corner. Complete applications must be submitted via CAPS by 7:59 PM, EDT, on June 4, 2013 to be considered for FY2013 CHP funding.
Several important changes have been made to CHP for FY 2013:
Applicants who request officer positions in order to deploy school resource officers (SROs) will likewise receive additional consideration for FY 2013 CHP funding. Applicants who wish to do so must choose the “School Based Policing through School Resource Officers” community policing problem area in their 2013 CHP application. Note that applicants requesting multiple officer positions in order to deploy school resource officers must deploy all their officer positions as school resource officers. Moreover, if awarded CHP funding, CHP grantees that chose this specific community policing problem area will not be allowed to change it post-award. CHP grantees that use CHP funding to deploy SROs will also be required to submit to the COPS Office the contact information for each school partner where they intend to deploy the SROs, and to provide a Memorandum of Understanding between the CHP grantee and the school partner.Military Veterans
Under FY 2013 CHP, new hire officer positions are not required to be military veterans, as under FY 2012 CHP. However, as the COPS Office supports the Attorney General’s commitment to hiring military veterans whenever possible, applicants who commit to hiring or rehiring at least one military veteran under CHP will receive additional consideration for FY 2013 CHP funding. As in FY2012, a military veteran hire must have served on active duty for a period of at least 180 days, any part of which occurred on or after September 11, 2001.Homicide and Gun Violence
The COPS Office supports the Attorney General’s priority goal of reducing violent crime, especially if gun related. Applicants who choose “Homicide” or “Gun Violence” as a problem area in their 2013 CHP application will receive additional consideration for CHP funding. Moreover, if awarded CHP funding, grantees that chose either of these specific community policing problem areas will not be allowed to change the problem area post-award.
|2013 COPS Hiring Program Application Guide|
|2013 COPS Hiring Program Frequently Asked Questions|
|2013 COPS Hiring Program Fact Sheet|
|2013 COPS Standard Application Form|
|2013 COPS Hiring Program Invitation Letter|
|2013 COPS Hiring Program Open Solicitation Letter|
The COPS Office is committed to supporting military veterans as they seek to transition into careers as law enforcement officers. Law enforcement agencies can access a list of resources that will assist in their recruitment efforts and address the concerns of military veterans. Read more..