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BREAKING: COPS Office Announces Grant Solicitation for FY 2016 COPS Hiring Program (CHP)

March 25, 2016

We are pleased to share the following important information from The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). Please note, priority consideration will be given to applicants who select the "Building Trust," "Homeland Security," or "School-Based Policing" problem-focus areas. The official solicitation is expected to open in late April 2016 and we will post an update when COPS announces the date.


The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is pleased to announce that we will soon be accepting applications for the FY 2016 COPS Hiring Program (CHP). This year’s COPS Hiring Program has an overarching emphasis on implementing the recommendations of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The Task Force examined how to strengthen public trust and foster strong relationships between local law enforcement and the communities that they serve, while also promoting effective crime reduction.

Program Details
The FY2016 COPS Hiring Program is open to all state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies that have primary law enforcement authority. This nationwide program is designed to advance public safety through community policing by addressing specific problems, such as public trust, through the hiring of full-time sworn officer positions. Funding is provided directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new and/or rehire career law enforcement officers, and to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. Up to $137 million is available in federal funding for this program in FY 2016, and all awards are subject to the availability of federal funds.

Applicants will be able to select from one of seven broad areas of policing to be the focus of any officers awarded. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who select the “Building Trust,” “Homeland Security” or “School-Based Policing” problem/focus areas. Other priority problem/focus areas will be identified in the solicitation documents and listed in the application. All applicants should refer to the Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing for suggested actions to incorporate into their proposed community policing strategy.

Additional Information
We anticipate that the FY 2016 CHP solicitation will open in late April 2016. A follow-up notification will be sent to you when the application period begins. Additional information about this funding opportunity will be made available through the “Grants and Funding” portion of the COPS Office’s website. This information includes the Application Guide (i.e., instructions), Fact Sheet, Frequently Asked Questions, and other important materials about the program’s application requirements.

We also encourage you to read the “Preparing Your Application” (PDF) document on our website. This document provides helpful information about preparations your agency can make at this time to ensure a smooth application process and minimize the chance of problems or delays.

Please note that all CHP applications will be accepted electronically via a two-step process through Grants.gov and the COPS Office Agency Portal. Detailed instructions about how to apply for this program will be placed on the COPS Office website soon, along with information about the solicitation opening date, submission deadline, and other important information.

Thank you for your time and cooperation as the COPS Office prepares for the FY 2016 CHP solicitation opening. If you have questions about this or any other COPS Office grant program, please contact the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770.

Dan Pascale Interviewed in Emergency Management Magazine

November 03, 2015

Senior Director Dan Pascale was recently interviewed by Emergency Management Magazine for their article, School Safety: A Shared Responsibility. The article highlights the challenges K-12 schools face with limited budgets and the responsibility that the entire community needs to shoulder for keeping students safe. Collaboration is key.

SecurityInfoWatch Interviews Dan Pascale on 2015 Campus Safety Survey and EM

October 26, 2015

Emergency planning improving at colleges, but significant gaps remain is the headline of SecurityInfoWatch's new article released October 23, 2015, following an interview with Senior Director Dan Pascale, which explores the findings of our 2015 Campus Safety Survey Key Findings Report.

Senior Director Dan Pascale Interviewed by The Chronicle on Campus Safety Survey

October 21, 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education* recently interviewed Senior Director of Security and Emergency Management Services Dan Pascale, CPP on the implications of Margolis Healy's 2015 Campus Safety Survey Key Findings Report on emergency management on college and university campus. Read the entire article: Many Colleges’ New Emergency Plan: Try to Account for Every Possibility

 

* Please note, The Chronicle of Higher Education is a subscription-based publiation.

Campus Safety Magazine Highlights 2015 Campus Safety Survey Results

October 19, 2015

Study Finds Many Colleges May Be Neglecting Emergency Preparedness is the headline from Campus Safety Magazine in their top story article on Margolis Healy's 2015 Campus Safety Survey Key Findings Report. The magazine included a slideshow of all charts and a link to the full report.

Margolis Healy 2015 Campus Safety Survey Results Covered by USA Today

October 15, 2015

USA Today released an article, Study: Campuses show gaps in active shooter drills, emergency responses, based on Margolis Healy's 2015 Campus Safety Survey Key Findings Report. The article includes a link to the full report.

Steven J. Healy Discusses Online School Threats

October 07, 2015

Co-Founder and Managing Partner Steven J. Healy was interviewed by the International Business Times in this October 6, 2015 article, After Oregon Shooting, Should Online School Threats Be Taken More Seriously? Steven addresses being aware and attuned to the social media conversations happening at the high school and college levels and the importance of alerts and context.

Steven J. Healy and Campus Safety Experts Discuss Threat Assessment Following UCC Shooting

October 05, 2015

Steven J. Healy and other well-respected campus safety experts thoroughly discussed the issues of threat assessment, emergency planning, preparation and other campus safety and security issues in this article by Stephen Loiaconi. Read the entire piece, Threat assessment, preparation can help prevent college shooting deaths, experts say.

Steven J. Healy Speaks to The Chronicle on Community College Resource Challenges

October 05, 2015

Following the terrible tragedy at Umpqua Community College on October 1, 2015, Steven J. Healy spoke with the Chronicle of Higher Education about some of the security challenges faced by community colleges. Read the entire article, Community Colleges Face Big Security Risks With Few Resources. (Please note, the Chronicle is a subscription-based publication. Some articles are free to the public but many require a subscription.)

White House Task Force Release Two New Resources

September 28, 2015

On Thursday, September 17th, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault announced the release of two new resources for campus community members and health practitioners to help prevent and respond to sexual violence on campus. The release of these two resources, a Resource Guide and Safe Place: Trauma-Sensitive Practice for Health Centers Serving Students toolkit, coincide with this month's 21st anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Learn more about these resources from our recently released email to our subscribers. 

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