The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office is pleased to announce the following grant funding opportunity is now open and accepting applications for the Implementation of De-Escalation Training Act Program.

Community Policing Development (CPD)

CPD is a competitive grant program designed to advance the practice of community policing by providing guidance on promising practices through developing and testing innovative strategies, building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes, and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities. 

 The CPD – Implementation of De-Escalation Training Act solicitation aims to develop and support a training approval program as specified in the Law Enforcement De-Escalation Training Act of 2022.  The project must focus on developing and piloting a standards-based approval process and promoting its use and benefits to the law enforcement field.

This solicitation is open to all for-profit (commercial) and nonprofit institutions, higher education institutions, community groups, and faith-based organizations.  Funding for one award up to $750,000 is available for this program.

Law Enforcement De-Escalation Training Act Timeline

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Senator John Cornyn introduced the Law Enforcement De-Escalation Training Act in the Senate on April 5, 2022, aiming to enhance law enforcement’s response to individuals experiencing mental or behavioral health crises. The proposed legislation seeks to improve the training of police officers who interact with individuals dealing with mental or behavioral health issues, emphasizing the use of alternatives to force and de-escalation tactics. Additionally, it advocates for collaboration between police and mental health professionals within crisis intervention teams, empowering them to connect individuals to the mental and behavioral health services available in their community.

How to Register For CPD Training

Applications are due by April 3, 2024, at 4:59 PM ET. For more information on the 2024 CPD – Implementation of the De-Escalation Training Act program, please visit COPS’ website.

To learn more about de-escalation in law enforcement, listen to President Jim Tignanelli and Dr. Ken Wolf, POAM Director of the Members Lifeline Program, discuss this topic.

Some information in this post was sourced from Police Tech News. For additional information, please visit their website.

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