DOJ Priority Consideration Criteria for COPS Office Grants Announced

The Department of Justice today announced additional priority consideration criteria for FY 2017 Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) grants.

Jurisdictions for FY 2017 were notified that their applications would receive additional points in the application scoring process if their agencies cooperate with federal law enforcement to address illegal immigration, ensuring that federal immigration authorities have the full ability to enforce immigration laws and keep our communities safe.

“Cities and states that cooperate with federal law enforcement make all of us safer by helping remove dangerous criminals from our communities,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.

“This cooperation is supported by the vast majority of the American people, and jurisdictions with these policies in place should be acknowledged for their commitment to ending violent crime, including violent crime stemming from illegal immigration.”

“Today, the Justice Department announced it will recognize jurisdictions that commit to the rule of law by awarding additional points in the application scoring process for COPS Office grants.”

“My hope is that this recognition will further incentivize every jurisdiction in America to collaborate with federal law enforcement and help us make this country safer.”

(Learn More. Courtesy of FOX 10 Phoenix and YouTube. Posted on Mar 27, 2017)

COPS Office: Immigration Cooperation Certification Process Background

The following is on background, attributable to a DOJ official:

  • The Department of Justice encourages cooperation between local jurisdictions and federal immigration authorities.
  • The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) notified its FY2017 state, local, and tribal law enforcement grant applicants that they might receive priority consideration in funding decisions if they cooperate with federal law enforcement.
  • In order to receive priority consideration, applicants must certify the following:
    • If the applicant operates a detention facility, the applicant must provide Department of Homeland Security (DHS) access to their detention facility;
    • And, the applicant must provide advance notice as early as practicable (at least 48 hours, where possible) to DHS of an illegal alien’s release date and time.
    • Applicants that submit the certification will receive additional points in the application scoring process in recognition of their efforts to increase information sharing with federal immigration authorities.

Background on FY2012-FY2016 grants can be found here.

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