Community Policing Development (CPD): Tolerance, Diversity, and Anti-Bias Online Training Solicitation

Funding Agency:
Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office, is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for funding for the COPS Office FY 2021 Community Policing Development (CPD) program. CPD funds are used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies by providing guidance on promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strategies; building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes; and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities.

A vital piece of the success of policing is the importance of strong, collaborative relationships between local law enforcement and the communities they protect and serve. In the context of community policing, these relationships serve the two interrelated goals of increasing trust and enhancing collaborative problem-solving efforts. Community members who do not trust law enforcement are less likely to report crime and to participate in developing solutions to problems. In addition, it often takes only one volatile incident to create tension between the public and the police, even for the most respected police agencies. Community policing encourages agencies to build up accounts of trust and goodwill they can call upon when crises arise. Community trust is also invaluable when police seek to address long-standing community problems through collaborative problem-solving efforts. Law enforcement can rarely solve significant crime and disorder problems alone, and stakeholder engagement is critical to success. A key mechanism to ensuring improved effectiveness in police-community interactions is through providing high quality, interactive training for law enforcement.

The COPS Office seeks an applicant to deliver in-person and develop and pilot an online tolerance, diversity, and anti-bias training program that encompasses cultural sensitivity components such as ethnic and racial bias; gender bias; sexual orientation and gender identity bias; cultural diversity; and law enforcement interaction with people with disabilities, people with mental illness, and English language learners. The applicant should be an organization with well-established experience in training law enforcement personnel and criminal justice professionals in this area.

Deadline: July 21, 2021

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Eligibility Requirements

This solicitation is open to all public governmental agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faithbased organizations. For-profit organizations (as well as other recipients) must forgo any profit or management fee.



Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 21, 2021