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Congressman Cole Announces COPS Grant Availability

May 19, 2005
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole announced today that the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) will now be accepting applications for 2005 grants.

"This is a great opportunity for local law enforcement departments to receive federal funds to supplement their local and state budgets," Congressman Cole said. "I encourage all local departments to take advantage of this program. If you need any assistance please don't hesitate to contact my office."

There are three different types of grants available:

  1. Interoperable Communications Technology Program: Almost $100 million is available to law enforcement to improve communication and operations between law enforcement agencies and other first responders. Deadline for applying is July 15, 2005.
  2. Secure Our Schools (SOS) Grant Program: Almost $15 million is available to law enforcement agencies to purchase school safety equipment and technology. Deadline for applying is June 15, 2005.
  3. Tribal Resources Grant Program (TRGP): Up to $20 million is available to address the needs of tribal law enforcement by providing a variety of funding options. They include salary and benefits for new sworn law officer positions, law enforcement training, uniforms, basic-issue equipment, department-wide technology, and vehicles for new and existing officers. Deadline for applying is May 31, 2005.

Visit for more information about these grants and the invited agencies. COPS grant applications may be downloaded and submitted through