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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; FY 2002 Community Policing Discretionary Grants

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AGENCY:

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Department of Justice.

ACTION:

Notice of availability.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (“COPS”) announces the availability of funds under the Tribal Resources Grant Program, a program designed to meet the most serious needs of law enforcement in Indian communities through a comprehensive grant program that will offer a variety of funding options including: New, additional police officer positions; basic and/or specialized training for new and existing officers; training in community policing, grants management and computer training; uniforms and basic issue equipment; department-wide technology; and police vehicles. This program, which complements the COPS Office's efforts to fund additional community policing officers and to support innovative community policing, will enhance law enforcement infrastructures and community policing efforts in tribal communities which have limited resources and are affected by high rates of crime and violence. Applications should reflect the department's most serious law enforcement needs and must link these needs to the implementation or enhancement of community policing. In addition, a Retention Plan Certification form outlining how COPS-funded officer positions will be retained after Federal funding has ended must be submitted with the grant application.

All Federally Recognized Tribes with established police departments or existing police efforts are eligible to apply. Federally Recognized Tribes that wish to establish police departments and meet specific criteria are also eligible to apply. Federally Recognized Tribes may also apply as a consortium with a written partnership agreement that names a lead agency and describes how requested resources will serve the consortium's population. In addition, tribes that are currently served by Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) law enforcement may request funding under this grant program to supplement their existing police services. Tribes whose law enforcement services are exclusively provided by local policing agencies through a contract agreement are not eligible under the COPS TRGP program, but may be eligible to apply to the COPS Universal Hiring Program for police officer positions only.

DATES:

Applications will be sent to all Federally Recognized Tribes with existing law enforcement efforts by April 2002. Tribes or villages that wish to apply as a start-up or consortium may request an application kit from the COP Office. The deadline for the submission of applications is May 17, 2002. Applications must be postmarked by May 17, 2002 to be considered eligible.

ADDRESSES:

To obtain an application or for more information, call the U.S. Department of Justice Response Center at 1-800-421-6770. A copy of the application kit will also be available in April on the COPS Office web site at: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

The U.S. Department of Justice Response Center, 1-800-421-6770 and ask to speak with your Grant Program Specialist.

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Overview

The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 103-322) authorizes the Department of Justice to make grants to increase deployment of law enforcement officers devoted to community policing on the streets and rural routes of this nation. The Tribal Resources Grant Program is a program developed to meet the most serious needs of law enforcement in tribal communities through a comprehensive grant program that will offer a variety of funding options. This program will enhance law enforcement infrastructures and community policing efforts in these tribal communities, many of which have limited resources and are affected by high rates of crime and violence.

The Tribal Resources Grant Program is part of a larger federal initiative which over the last four years, has resulted in the Departments of Interior and Justice working in collaboration to improve law enforcement in tribal communities. Funding has been appropriated to several DOJ agencies including the FBI, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the Corrections Program Office (CPO), and the COPS Office. COPS is coordinating with these agencies as well as with the Office of Law Enforcement Services of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to ensure that limited resources are not spent on duplicative efforts.

A total of $35,000,000 in funding will be available under the Tribal Resources Grant Program. The grant will cover a maximum federal share of 75% of total project costs up to specified Federal share funding cap depending on the funding category. A local match requirement of at least 25% of the total project costs is included in this program. A waiver of the local match requirement may be requested at the time of application. Waivers are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, based on a demonstration of severe fiscal distress. Tribes whose law enforcement service are exclusively provided by local policing agencies through contract arrangements are not eligible under this COPS program. However, tribes that do not meet the eligibility requirements for this program may be eligible to apply to the COPS Office Universal Hiring Program for police officer positions only.

Receiving an awarded under the Tribal Resources Grant Program will not preclude grantees from future consideration under other COPS grant programs for which they are eligible.

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(The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) reference for this program is 16.710.)

Dated: March 27, 2002.

Carl R. Peed,

Director, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

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[FR Doc. 02-8090 Filed 4-3-02; 8:45 am]

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