The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Defense and their agencies work with many law enforcement agencies (LEAs) at the state and local levels to combat crime and promote safer neighborhoods. Grant making agencies work with states, communities, and tribes to ensure they have the resources necessary to provide effective law enforcement and to ensure the safety of the citizens. Below are some ideas of the types of the grants that your department could pursue. You can also read more about police grants at the eCivis blog.
Law enforcement grants may be used for equipment, improvement to vehicles, education and training for departments and communities, and funding to support increased employment within an agency. The following types of programs support law enforcement agencies across the nation:
- Law Enforcement Equipment Grant - 1033 Program: Provides federal, tribal, state, and local law enforcement agencies (LEAs) with surplus property from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
- Body-Worn Camera Pilot Implementation Program: Assists LEAs in developing comprehensive, problem-solving approaches for the implementation or enhancement of body-worn camera (BWC) programs.
- Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program: Aims to create safer neighborhoods and reduce crime associated with gang and gun violence by supporting Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) task forces.
- Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program: Improves the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems by funding projects that address crime through the provision of services to individuals and/or communities.
- COPS Hiring Program (CHP): Enhances law enforcement’s capacity to prevent, solve, and control crime by providing funds for the hiring of additional officers. This program is also intended to increase the capacity of law enforcement agencies to implement community policing strategies that strengthen partnerships for safer communities.
- Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program: Provides reimbursements to eligible jurisdictions for the purchase of bulletproof vests. Read more.