COPS-HIRING-PROGRAM-APPLICATION-2015 – CHP provides funding directly to law enforcement agencies to hire and/or rehire career law enforcement officers in an effort to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. 2015 CHP grants will cover up to 75 percent of the approved entry-level salary and fringe benefits of each newly-hired and/or rehired, full-time sworn career law enforcement officer over the three-year (36 months) grant period, with a minimum 25 percent local cash match requirement and a maximum federal share of $125,000 per officer position. CHP grant funding will be based on your agency’s current entry-level salary and fringe benefits for full-time sworn officers; any additional costs for higher than entry-level salaries and fringe benefits will be the responsibility of the grantee agency. All agencies’ requests will be capped at no more than five percent of their actual sworn force strength as reported at the time of updated application, up to a maximum of 25 officers. Agencies with a service population of 1 million or above may apply for up to 25 officer positions; agencies with a service population less than 1 million may apply for up to 15 officer positions. [The request of any agency with a sworn force less than or equal to 20 will be capped at one officer.] Funding under this program may be used to:• Hire new officers, which includes filling existing officer vacancies that are no longer funded in your agency’s budget. • Rehire officers who have already been laid off from any jurisdiction as a result of state, local, or Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) budget reductions. The rehired officers must be rehired on or after the official grant award start date as it appears on your agency’s award document. Documentation must be maintained showing the dates that the positions were laid off and rehired.• Rehire officers who are (at the time of application) currently scheduled to be laid off by your jurisdiction on a specific future date as a result of state, local, or BIA budget reductions. Grantees will be required to continue funding the positions with local funding until the dates of the scheduled lay-offs. The deadline for submitting applications in response to this grant announcement is 7:59 EDT on Monday, June 19, 2015.