Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP)

This is a competitive grant program that provides funding directly to law enforcement agencies having primary law enforcement authority to create and preserve jobs in order to increase their community policing capacity and crime-prevention efforts. ARRA provided up to $1.0 billion in funding for this program nationwide. CHRP grants provide 100 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for 3 years (36 months) for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions (including filling existing unfunded vacancies) or for rehired officers who have been laid off, or are scheduled to be laid off on a future date, as a result of local budget cuts.

The City Manager informed City Council of the Administration’s application for funding through the CHRP program in a memo dated April 27, 2009. The Administration applied to the competitive grant program for nearly $42.4 million. On July 28, 2009, Vice President Joe Biden announced that Cincinnati would receive $13.5 million, enough to maintain 50 sworn officer positions over the next three years.