COPS Hiring Program (CHP)

Posted: January 14, 2020

Deadline: March 11, 2020

Grantor: U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Additional Information
The COPS Hiring Program (CHP) Program is a competitive solicitation, open to all state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies with primary law enforcement authority.

Approximately $400 million in funding is available for FY 2020 CHP. CHP provides funding to hire and re-hire entry level career law enforcement officers in order to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities and support crime prevention efforts.

Funding under this program may be used to do the following:
  • Hire new officers
  • Rehire officers (laid off as a result of budget reductions)
  • Rehire officers (at the time of application, currently scheduled to be laid off as a result of budget reductions).
This year’s COPS Hiring Program:
  • Funds 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.
  • Provides 75 percent of the approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits of each newly hired and/or rehired full-time officer, up to $125,000 per officer position, over the three year (36 month) grant period
  • Requires you to identify a specific crime and disorder problem/focus area and explain how CHP funding will be used to implement community policing approaches to that problem/focus area.
Additional consideration will be given to applicants who select the following problem/focus areas:
  • Violent Crime
  • Homeland & Border Security Problems
  • School Based Policing
All state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies that have primary law enforcement authority are eligible to apply.

Program Contact
For assistance with the requirements of this program or with submitting the  application through the COPS Office Online Application System, please call the COPS Office Response Center at (800) 421-6770 or send questions via email to

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