NAPO VICTORY! – COPS Hiring Funds Can Be Used For Officer Retention

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POLICE ORGANIZATIONS
strongest Unified Voice for America’s Law Enforcement

Washington, D.C – Today, the COPS Office announced the availability of the $1 billion stimulus funding under the COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) In addition to providing full funding for the hiring of new, full-time sworn officers, the CHRP grants can be used to retain officers who are scheduled to be laid off on a future date as a result of legal budget cuts.

NAPO has been working closely with Congress, the COPS Office and the administration to ensure that the $1 billion in funding appropriated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act could be used for officer retention. This is a huge achievement for NAPO and we thank the COPS Office for working with us to retool the CHRP language to allow grants to be used for officer retention.

On February 11, just days before the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed, NAPO’s elected officers meet with Vice President Joseph Biden to discuss the urgency of allowing COPS funding to be used for officer retention. The Vice President told NAPO that he would do everything in his power to make certain that CHRP funds can be used for the retention of much needed officers.


NAPO leadership met with VIce President.Joe Biden on February 11 to emphasize the
importance of immediate federal funding for retention of local law enforcement officers.
Pictured: Tom Nee, Sean Smoot, VIce President Biden, Bill Johnson
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In addition to the CHRP grants, state and local law enforcement agencies also have $2 billion in Byrne-JAG funds at their disposal to assist them with personnel costs, training, equipment and the retention of officers.

Application materials are scheduled to he available before the end of March. Applications for the grants will be accepted only online through the COPS Office web site www.cops.usdoj.gov.

 

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