On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) began accepting applications for the FY 2011 COPS Hiring Program, a federal grant program designed to promote community policing among law enforcement agencies.

The COPS Hiring Program provides local governments with funding for three calendar years of entry-level salaries and fringe benefits for newly hired, full-time sworn law enforcement officer positions or rehired officers who have been/are scheduled to be laid off as a result of local budget cuts. In return, the local government must retain employment of the officer for at least one year after the grant funds are terminated.

The application deadline is May 25. Additional information, including step-by-step instructions, frequently asked questions, and application guidance, is available at

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