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COPS Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)


    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. The COPS Office has designed the CPD program to address critical topics in the law enforcement field by building on the principles of community policing.

    Community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies that support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime. Community policing comprises three key components:
    • Partnerships - Collaborative partnerships between the law enforcement agency and the individuals and organizations they serve to develop solutions to problems and increase trust in law enforcement.
    • Organizational transformation - The alignment of organizational management, structure, personnel, and information systems to support community partnerships and proactive problem solving.
    • Problem solving - The process of engaging in the proactive and systematic examination of identified problems to develop and evaluate effective responses.
    The 2017 CPD program has been established to fund specific projects related to the following topic areas:
    • Cooperative Partnerships with Federal Law Enforcement to Combat Illegal Immigration;
    • Field Initiated Law Enforcement Microgrants;
    • Officer Safety and Wellness Resources;
    • Enhancing Officer Safety through Increased Respect for Law Enforcement;
    • Critical Response Technical Assistance;
    • Online Training Development;
    • Preparing for Active Shooter Situations (PASS Program); and
    • Invitational Applications.
    Applicants must identify the goals of the CPD program that will be directly accomplished if funding is awarded. Applicants should consider the following general categories when developing their own  goals:
    • Develop knowledge - Develop new knowledge or leverage existing knowledge about community policing activities and strategies that show promise;
    • Increase awareness - Increase the number of agencies/individuals who are aware of the most effective community policing strategies;
    • Increase skills/abilities - Increase the skills and/or abilities of law enforcement agencies, relevant stakeholders, and/or individuals to engage in proven community policing practices;
    • Increase practice - Increase the number of law enforcement agencies, relevant stakeholders, and/or individuals using proven community policing practices; and
    • Institutionalize practice - Increase the number of law enforcement agencies, relevant stakeholders, and/or individuals that systematically use and integrate proven community policing strategies as part of their routine business and will continue to engage in these practices for the future

    History of Funding

    COPS Office Success Stories can be viewed at:

    Additional Information

    Unallowable costs include, but are not limited to:
    • Civilian base salary for the following positions: Administration (e.g., director or program head); Clerical (e.g., secretary or administrative assistant); Accounting (e.g., controller or bookkeeper); Procurement (e.g., purchasing director or stockroom clerk); and Housekeeping and maintenance (e.g., custodial and janitorial, repairman, or grounds keeper);
    • Maintenance and/or service contracts that extend the life of the award period (multiyear contracts and extended warranties are allowable but must be paid in full within the award period);
    • Ammunition;
    • Body armor;
    • Body worn cameras; and
    • Bulletproof vests and accessories.
    For a more extensive list, please see the official program guidance.


    COPS Response Center

    COPS Response Center
    145 N Street NE
    Washington', DC 20530
    (800) 421-6770

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are all public governmental agencies, for-profit and nonprofit institutions, institutions of higher education, community groups and faith-based organizations.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by June 23, 2017.  A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $11,000,000 is available in total funding for FY17. Award amounts vary by topic area. All awards will have a performance period of two years in duration, except for the Field Initiated Law Enforcement Microgrants, which will have an award period of one year. Cost sharing/matching is not required.


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