Congressman Jim Matheson says the process is now open for select local law enforcement agencies interested in Community Oriented Policing Services -COPS-federal grants.
Solicitations can now be made to the Department of Justice. There are three grants currently open for invited law enforcement agencies:
Interoperable Communications Technology Program - almost $100 million is available to law enforcement to improve interoperability between law enforcement agencies and other first responders. The application deadline is July 15.
Secure Our Schools (SOS) Program - Almost $15 million is available to law enforcement agencies to purchase school safety equipment and technology. The application deadline is June 15.
Tribal Resources Grant Program - up to $20 million is available to address the needs of tribal law enforcement by providing a variety of funding options. They include salary and benefits for new sworn law officer positions, law enforcement training, uniforms, basic-issue equipment, department-wide technology and vehicles for new and existing officers. The application deadline is May 31.
Only agencies specifically invited are able to apply. The following website has a list of invited agencies and grant information: www.cops.usdoj.gov.