COPS Hiring Recovery Program Generates
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed by Congress earlier this year brought competitive hiring programs back to the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (the COPS Office), allocating $1 billion for the COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP). Approximately 5,500 additional law enforcement positions will be added or saved through funding provided by the stimulus plan.
Funds awarded to law enforcement agencies by the COPS Office will provide 100 percent of the entry-level salary and benefits of each new officer for 3 years. Awarded agencies must maintain the COPS-funded positions for 1 additional year after the federal funding ends.
CHRP opened March 16 and interest in the program was immediate. From March 16 to April 14, the COPS Office Response Center handled 17,626 telephone calls, 589 voice mail messages, and 4,300 e-mails. At the close of the application period, more than 7,300 applications were received from law enforcement agencies across the country, requesting nearly 40,000 officers and deputies. Total funding requests topped $8.3 billion.
The COPS Office has started reviewing all CHRP applications and plans to make funding decisions by September 30, 2009, or sooner. Once a funding announcement is made under CHRP, the announcement list will be posted on the COPS Office web site at www.cops.usdoj.gov, and award documentation will be mailed to funded agencies.