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U.S. Department of Justice: Community Oriented Policing Services – Anti-Heroin Task Force Program

Deadline: June 27, 2018

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Anti-Heroin Task Force Program (AHTF) is focused on advancing public safety by providing funds to investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or unlawful distribution of prescription opioids, or unlawful heroin and prescription opioid traffickers through statewide collaboration. The goal of the AHTF program is to address the growing problem of heroin and other opioid abuse by assisting state law enforcement agencies in collaboration with other service providers and stakeholders to:

  • Increase efforts to locate and investigate illicit heroin and other opioid activities
  • Establish new or enhance existing multi-jurisdictional and interdisciplinary task forces to investigate heroin and other opioid activities
  • Increase the use of community policing strategies during the investigation phase (including problem solving, partnerships, and organizational changes) to investigate heroin and other opioid activities
  • Increase anti-heroin collaboration efforts during investigations with federal, state, local, and tribal partners involved in prevention, intervention, and treatment; identification of drug endangered children; and enforcement activities

AHTF provides funding to state law enforcement agencies with high rates of primary treatment admissions for heroin and other opioids. AHTF funds shall be used for investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities, including activities related to the distribution of heroin or unlawful distribution of prescription opioids or unlawful diversion and distribution of prescription opioids. Strong applications should demonstrate a multi-jurisdictional reach and participation in interdisciplinary team structures (i.e., task forces). Strong applications should also include multiyear state level primary treatment data to support their proposal.

Specific allowable costs include: sworn officer positions (salaries and benefits); civilian/nonsworn personnel (salaries and benefits); equipment/technology; supplies; travel/training; contracts/consultants; and other costs that may include such items as software and prepaid warranties or maintenance agreements (not to exceed 24 months), overtime costs for sworn officers engaging in AHTF-related investigative activities, or other miscellaneous items that have a direct correlation to the overall success of a recipient’s project objectives and are necessary for the project to reach full implementation. Refer to the solicitation for complete details regarding allowable and unallowable costs.

Amount: A total of $10,000,000 is available to make awards of up to $1,500,000 each for a period of two years.

Eligibility: State law enforcement agencies with multi-jurisdictional reach and an interdisciplinary team (e.g., task force) structures. These state law enforcement agencies must have primary law enforcement authority over heroin and other opioids seizures. The COPS Office reserves the right to limit awards to one per state at the time of award announcement.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=304095

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