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COPS Grant Open

With the recent tragedies that have unfolded in Boston, New York, Texas and Georgia that involved first responders, notice has been received that the Community Oriented Policing (COPS) grant applications are open with applications due by 7:59 p.m. EDT on May 22, 2013.

Some changes have taken place this year for applications:

  • School Resource Officer positions are an allowable item under the COPS program.
  • While military veterans do not have to be targeted for available new COPS positions, extra consideration will be given to communities to make an effort to hire veterans.
  • Homicide and gun violence reduction programs are a specific area that can be addressed through the addition of COPS funded positions.

Communities that are thinking about applying should go to "grants.gov" and register for the program. The preliminary application must be received and approved prior to submitting a formal application so time is critical.

More information on the COPS program can be found at: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2367

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