Developing a Community Policing Assessment Tool

The summary for the Developing a Community Policing Assessment Tool grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Community Oriented Policing Services, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
Developing a Community Policing Assessment Tool: The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is seeking proposals to develop an instrument that would operationalize community policing and allow agencies to measure and evaluate their implementation across various community policing elements. This instrument should be developed using knowledge obtained from the existing literature; input and guidance from practitioners, experts, and other stakeholders; and results from a limited testing and validation phase. Awardees will be expected to begin work immediately upon selection, and the approximate maximum level of funding is $300,000. Since 1994, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services has been the Federal government office whose unique mission it is to directly serve the needs of state and local law enforcement. The COPS Office is responsible for making grants to States, units of local government, Indian tribal governments, other public and private entities, and multi-jurisdictional or regional consortia with the goals of increasing police presence, expanding and improving cooperative efforts between law enforcement agencies and members of the community, supporting innovative community policing projects, and otherwise enhancing public safety through reductions in crime and social disorder. Police agencies perform a variety of services using differing methods, many of which fall under the umbrella of community policing. These methods are collectively being employed much more prominently, and their use is commonly accepted as an effective way to address crime and disorder and improve citizen satisfaction with police services. However, there is no universally accepted approach for implementing community policing. Indeed, there are even a number of suitable definitions for community policing, and therefore numerous practical models for its application exist. Nonetheless, there are a set of commonly accepted dimensions or elements of community policing, which fall primarily under the rubric of problem solving, organizational change strategies, and community engagement and partnership. The COPS Office would like to develop an acceptable operational framework, organized by these accepted elements and including all the specific activities that comprise them. The COPS Office recognizes the complexities associated with strategically planning for a police agency?s transition towards community policing, as well as the difficulties associated with measuring implementation against their desired objectives. To aid in this effort, the COPS Office seeks to produce an instrument and associated set of tools that would allow agencies to self-assess their implementation across the various elements of community policing, using the operational framework mentioned above. By producing a validated instrument that could be applied by law enforcement practitioners and others, a process of determining the existing state of implementation could be executed, which would facilitate internal planning, and inform training and management initiatives toward the full adoption of the community policing philosophy. This self-assessment tool would also assist executives and officers alike in recognizing the current level of implementation of the agency and develop goals to help the agency reach where it desires to be. The applicant will develop a process to identify the major elements and sub-elements of community policing that captures and reflects the commonly accepted principles of the philosophy. Once these elements and sub-elements are identified, the applicant will be expected to operationalize them to reflect concrete and realistic examples of their application within the field, including the full spectrum of their implementation. After these elements are operationalized, the applicant will be required to develop an instrument that police and others can apply within their agencies, and will also be expected to test and validate this instrument in a number of police agencies. It is expected that a maximum number of test sites will be included in the project design that can be supported by the budget and are required to ensure adequate validation. In addition to a traditional self-assessment tool, other innovative delivery formats (e.g. web-based programs, software, etc.) for testing community policing operationalization, may be effective and are encouraged if feasible under the scope of this project, or may be proposed under an additional project phase. All entities possessing the required knowledge and experience as outlined within the solicitation, including faith based and community organizations, are eligible to apply. To obtain a copy of the Community Policing Assessment Tool solicitation please call the U.S. Department of Justice Response Center at 1.800.421.6770 or visit the COPS website at FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact the U.S. Department of Justice Response Center at 1.800.421.6770 or Rob Chapman at 202.514.8278.
Federal Grant Title: Developing a Community Policing Assessment Tool
Federal Agency Name: Community Oriented Policing Services
Grant Categories: Law Justice and Legal Services
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: COPS-2004_CPTool
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 16.710
CFDA Descriptions: Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants
Current Application Deadline: No deadline provided
Original Application Deadline: Aug 09, 2004 There will be one application deadli
Posted Date: Jul 09, 2004
Creation Date: Aug 10, 2004
Archive Date: Aug 10, 2004
Total Program Funding: $300,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award:
Minimum Federal Grant Award:
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
All entities possessing the required knowledge and experience as outlined within the solicitation, including faith based and community organizations, are eligible to apply.
Link to Full Grant Announcement
Information not provided
Grant Announcement Contact
Neely, Darren, eGov Program Manager, Phone 202-307-3971, Fax 202-616-9612, Email Neely, Darren
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