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.
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 be 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.
click here to read the letter from the COPS Office, which
contains important details on the new CHRP grants and the application process.
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Signed into Law; Includes Significant
COPS Hiring and Byrne-JAG Funds
On February 17, 2009, the President signed into law the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, H.R. 1, which included
$4 billion in funding for state and local law enforcement programs,
including significant funding for the COPS hiring program and
For the COPS hiring program, NAPO was able to secure $1 billion in funding
for the hiring and re-hiring of officers, as well as a waiver
of both the 25% local match and the $75,000 per
officer salary cap. While H.R. 1 does not include
language to allow cops funding to be used for the retention
of officers, we are waiting to hear final word from the COPS
Office on whether or not the funds can be used for retention. If the stimulus funding ultimately cannot be
used for retention, NAPO
is working with members of Congress and the COPS Office to place
retention language in the upcoming Fiscal 2009 Commerce, Justice,
Science Appropriations bill.
In addition to COPS hiring funds, H.R. 1 includes $2 billion
for Byrne-JAG and $225 million for the Byrne competitive grants.
Byrne-JAG funds can be used for officer retention if there is
proof that the officer would be laid off if the funds were not
made available. The program funds can also be used to
pay personnel costs and overtime for officers that participate
in multi-jurisdictional gang and drug task forces.
Below is the summary of the final compromise bill
released last night:
for the COPS Office for the hiring and rehiring of additional
career law enforcement officers and civilian public safety personnel.
The bill waives the 25% local match and the $75,000 per officer
for the Byrne JAG formula grant program;
for Byrne competitive grants (“for competitive, peer-reviewed
grants to units of State, local, and tribal government, and
to national, regional, and local non-profit organizations to
prevent crime, improve the administration of justice, provide
services to victims of crime, support critical nurturing and
mentoring of at-risk children and youth, and for other similar
for Violence Against Women programs;
for competitive grants to provide assistance and equipment to
local law enforcement along the Southern border and in High-Intensity
Drug Trafficking Areas to combat criminal narcotics activity
stemming from the Southern border, of which $10 million shall
be for ATF’s Project Gunrunner;
for Indian Country grants;
to be distributed by the Office for Victims of Crime;
for assistance to law enforcement in rural areas; and
for Internet Crimes Against Children
All of these funds are to be available until September 30, 2010. What, exactly, that means and how that provision
will be interpreted by the Hill and the Justice Department
will become clearer in the next days and weeks.
The bill and report text (explanatory
statement) can be found on the House Rules website:
For the bill, click "Text of Conference Report -
Division A" and for the report text, click "Joint
Explanatory Statement - Division A".
For more information, please contact NAPO’s Director of Governmental Affairs,
Andy Mournighan, at (703) 549-0775.