Recovery Act Hiring Initiatives
In mid-February 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a piece of legislation aimed at stimulating the U.S. economy. Included in this bill is $4 billion to support state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. Hiring initiatives are key elements of this bill. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), which provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administering justice, and assisting victims, will administer $2.76 billion of this funding, through a variety of funding initiatives, including projects administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA):
- $2 billion in Justice Assistance Grants (JAG),
- $124 million for Rural Law Enforcement Assistance, and
- $17 million for Hiring Civilian Staff for Law Enforcement.
Additionally, the COPS Office is administering $1 billion of Recovery Act funds for the hiring and rehiring of sworn law enforcement officers and civilian public safety personnel.
For the most current information on the status of OJP, BJA and COPS Office Recovery Act awards, visit these web sites: OJP - http://www.ojp.gov/recovery/awards.htm and COPS - http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2208.
Information regarding additional government-sponsored hiring initiatives will be posted on this web page, as it becomes available.
$1 Billion in COPS Hiring Recovery Program funds awarded
On July 28, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder announced $1 billion in Recovery Act grants to hire and rehire law enforcement officers. These grants, awarded through the Department of Justice COPS Office Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP), will fund nearly 5,000 law enforcement positions in more than 1,000 agencies from all 50 states.
To view a state-by-state listing of CHRP Award recipients, click here. Many of the agencies listed are either currently hiring or will be soon.
For more information on the CHRP, click here.