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Department of Justice Announces Solicitation for Community Policing Development Program

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

Up to $8 million to support community policing and implementation of the recommendations of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) today announced the opening of the application period for its Community Policing Development (CPD) Program.  Up to $8 million is available to fund projects that support implementation of the recommendations of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report.  These recommendations aim to strengthen public trust and foster strong relationships between local law enforcement and communities, while also promoting effective crime reduction.

The CPD Program is designed to address critical topics in the law enforcement field by building on the principles of community policing through training and technical assistance, the development of innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks and best practices that are national in scope.

This year, the program will fund projects related to six topic areas: The Microgrant Initiative for Law Enforcement, Critical Response Technical Assistance, Community Policing Emerging Issues Forums, Community Policing Training Projects, Law Enforcement Led 21st Century Policing Demonstration Projects and 21st Century Policing Implementation Projects.

“The funding announced today reflects this Administration’s commitment to and support for law enforcement,” said COPS Office Director Ronald Davis.  “Through this program, the COPS Office will provide substantial assistance to law enforcement in its efforts to build community trust and enhance public safety and national security.”

The CPD Program is a competitive solicitation, open to all public governmental agencies, profit and nonprofit institutions, institutions of higher education, community groups and faith-based organizations.  For more information on program requirements, application instructions, frequently asked questions and other information, visit the CPD Program page on the COPS Office website.

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide.  Since 1995, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of more than 127,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training and technical assistance.  For additional information about the COPS Office, please visit

Updated August 10, 2016

Press Release Number: 16-389