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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Congressman Gonzalez Encourages State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies to Apply for Policing Improvement Grants

April 30, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is now accepting applications for three grants to improve state and local law enforcement agencies’ ability to address community issues and combat drug abuse and distribution.

These programs opened at 10 a.m. EST on Friday, April 27, 2018. Applications must be submitted by 7:59 p.m. EST/ 6:59 p.m. CST on Thursday, June 7, 2018. These opportunities are made possible by Fiscal Year 2018 congressional appropriations.

“Our state and local law enforcement go above and beyond to keep our communities safe,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “I encourage all law enforcement agencies in the 15th District of Texas to pursue these and any other opportunities that give them the tools they need to continue their critical work. I stand ready to assist all law enforcement agencies as they work to secure federal funding through these grant opportunities.”

The COPS Office welcomes applications for the following programs:

Community Policy Development (CPD) Program

CPD grants utilize training and technical assistance to implement effective community policing strategies, localize law enforcement microgrant management, and address the needs of the community though relative policing principles. Click here to learn more about how to apply for the CPD program.

COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program

States dealing with high per capita levels of primary treatment admissions for heroin and prescription opioids can apply for AHTF grants to assist state law enforcement agencies investigate unlawful distribution practices of these products. Click here to learn more about how to apply for AHTF grants.

COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)

CAMP grants are designed to directly aid state law enforcement agencies investigate criminal manufacturing or distribution of methamphetamines. Click here to learn more about how to apply for CAMP grants.

The congressman has previously noted crime rates have hit all-time lows in McAllen, Texas and advises South Texas law enforcement to take advantage of grants to continue this trend.