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Geographic Dispersion of the COPS Hiring Program Grant Awards, Number of Officers Funded, and Federal Share of Compensation Per Officer, Fiscal Years 2008 through 2012

GAO-13-521, September 18, 2013

Since its 1994 inception, the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) — known as the COPS Office — has awarded roughly $14 billion in grants to support the advancement of community policing. These grants have covered a variety of issues, including officer hiring, drug education programs, and law enforcement technologies to advance community policing. This map displays the recipients of COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grant awards from fiscal years 2008 through 2012, including the number of officers each award supported. It also displays the compensation per officer provided by each CHP grant award from fiscal years 2008 through 2012.

NOTE: This interactive figure works best in current internet browsers, many of which are available for free online. If you are using an older browser you may experience difficulty viewing data for Fiscal Year 2009. The full data set for all fiscal years is available in the report's Appendix, and the links below. Color corresponds to the dollar amount, and dot size corresponds to the number of officers.

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These maps shows details of 1) Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, 2) Guam and 3) Northern Mariana Islands

SOURCE: GAO analysis of Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) data.

About this Report: This figure is a part of COMMUNITY POLICING HIRING GRANTS: Grant Application and Monitoring Processes Could Be Improved to Ensure Grantees Advance Community Policing. The full report is available at See appendix III for data tables.

About this Methodology: COPS Office CHP grant award data from FY2008-2012 were analyzed to display the distribution of awards and to determine the federal share of per-officer compensation. The federal share of compensation shown represents the total award for three years.

About this Data: These data were provided by DOJ's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).