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COPS Hiring Program (CHP)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)


    The COPS Hiring Program (CHP) provides funding directly to law enforcement agencies to hire and/or rehire career law enforcement officers in an effort to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.

    Funding under this program may be used to do the following:

    • Hire new officers, which includes filling existing officer vacancies that are no longer funded in your agencys budget. These positions must be in addition to your current budgeted (funded) level of sworn officer positions, and the officers must be hired on or after the official award start date as it is listed on your agencys award document;
    • Rehire officers laid off by any jurisdiction as a result of state, local, or Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) budget reductions. The rehired officers must be rehired on or after the official award start date as it appears on your agencys award document/ Documentation must be maintained showing the date(s) that the positions were laid off and rehired; and
    • Rehire officers who are (at the time of application) currently scheduled to be laid off by your jurisdiction on a specific future date as a result of state, local, or BIA budget reductions. Recipients will be required to continue funding the positions with local funding until the date(s) of the scheduled layoffs. The dates of the scheduled layoffs and the number of positions affected must be identified in the CHP application. In addition, documentation must be maintained detailing the dates and reason(s) for the layoffs. 

    The only allowable costs under CHP are the approved full-time, entry-level salaries and fringe benefits of newly hired or rehired sworn career law enforcement officers hired or rehired on or after the award start date.

    Additional consideration will be given to applicants who select the following problem/focus areas:

    • Violent Crime
    • Homeland & Border Security Problems
    • School Based Policing

    History of Funding

    Previous awardees can be found at

    Additional Information

    All items other than entry level personnel costs (salaries and fringe benefits) are considered unallowable under CHP. Therefore, requests for equipment, training, uniforms, vehicles, and indirect costs are not permitted under CHP. In addition, the following personnel costs are unallowable:
    • Salaries and fringe benefits of existing locally-funded officers, unless those officers are currently scheduled to be laid off on a specific future date;
    • Salaries and fringe benefits over and above an agencys entry-level salary and fringe benefits for officers;
    • Salaries and fringe benefits for civilian or non-sworn personnel;
    • Salaries and fringe benefits for part-time officer positions;
    • Salaries and fringe benefits for furloughed officers; and
    • Overtime costs.


    COPS Response Center

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

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies that have primary law enforcement authority.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by March 11, 2020. Additional solicitations are anticipated.

    Award Details

    Up to $400 million is available in FY20. Awards provide up to 75% funding of the approved entry level salaries and fringe benefit of each newly hired and/or rehired full-time sworn career law enforcement officer over the 36-month award period. The maximum federal share of per officer position is $125,000. A minimum 25% local cash match is required. 

     In FY 2020, agencies may request the number of officer positions necessary to support their proposed community policing strategy. Please keep in mind that there is a 12-month retention requirement for each officer position funded. The COPS Office will fund as many positions as possible for successful applicants; however, the number of officer positions requested by an agency may be reduced based on the availability of funding and other programmatic considerations. 

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