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Mississippi Community Oriented Policing Services in Schools (MCOPS) Grant

Grants to Mississippi LEAs and Municipal Law
Enforcement for K-12 School Resource Officers

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Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) - Office of Safe and Orderly Schools

Deadline Date:

08/21/18 5:00 PM CST Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 per officer to Mississippi LEAs and municipal law enforcement agencies partnering with school districts to provide additional School Resource Officers (SROs) for K-12 schools. The presence of additional officers will impact student safety, enhance the ability to respond to crisis, and increase communication between schools and emergency responders.

Funds will be awarded based on the following methodology:
1. Primary grantees will be those without an SRO program.
2. Secondary grantees will be those with an established need to expand an existing program.
3. Tertiary grantees will be those who need multiple grants to cover multiple campuses.

SROs shall serve in the following roles:
- Law Enforcement Officer/School Safety Specialist
- Law-related educator for staff and students
- Liaison with community responders
- Teach character education programs such as Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT), Drug Abuse and Alcohol Resistance Education (DARE), crime prevention, and substance abuse prevention
- Act as liaison with the local youth court
- Mentor at risk students
- Conduct school safety assessments
- Write and revise crisis response plans
- Assist the district in developing policies to address school safety and criminal activity within five hundred feet of campus.

Items that could be considered safety equipment include but are not limited to:
- Ballistics/Safety vest
- Ammunition
- Weapons
- Police vehicle
- Camera systems
- Buzzer systems
- Fencing
- Badging System
- Other Safety equipment
- Travel for SRO training

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167221

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant will not exceed $10,000 per officer.

Term of Contract:

The grant period will be December 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The MCOPS grant is available to all local education agencies (LEAs) that maintain or wish to develop a campus police department in accordance with the provisions of Miss. Code Ann. § 37-7-321, or LEAs that partner with county/municipal law enforcement agencies to deploy SROs. All SROs must meet the minimum requirements for SROs outlined in the Mississippi Department of Education’s Quick Reference to School Related Statutes and the School Resource Guide of 2017 and subsequent revisions. All applicants must follow all SRO requirements regarding Miss. Code Ann. § 37-3-82 and § 37-7-323. If the district received MCOPS grant funding last year (2017-2018), the applicant must be in compliance to apply for the upcoming year

- All applicants must demonstrate they have primary law enforcement authority over the school(s) identified in their application and demonstrate their inability to implement this project without state assistance.
- Schools or law enforcement agencies may not reduce the overall federal, state, or locally funded level of sworn officers (including other School Resource Officers or other sworn officers assigned to the schools) as a result of applying for or receiving MCOPS grant funding.
- In the event an officer is laid off by the district or law enforcement agency due to financial reasons unrelated to the availability of MCOPS, that officer can be re-hired with written approval from the MDE and use the MCOPS funding to provide an officer to the school.
- The SROs must devote at least 75% of their time in the primary and secondary schools.
- Funds cannot be used to simply hire campus enforcement officers (certified police officers who merely provide an armed presence) or school safety officers (noncommissioned security personnel). MCOPS funds are to be used for certified SRO’s or those that will complete the MDE SRO certification course within two (2) years of employment in that position.
- SROs may serve in a variety of roles, including, but not limited to, that of a law enforcement officer/safety specialist, law-related educator, and problem solver/community liaison. These officers may teach programs such as crime prevention, substance abuse prevention, and gang resistance as well as monitor and assist troubled students through mentoring programs. The SRO may also identify physical changes in the environment that may reduce crime in and around the schools, as well as assist in developing school policies that address criminal activity and school safety.
- Officers shall be deployed and perform duties in accordance with the provisions of the Mississippi Code of 1972 Annotated, the Mississippi Department of Education’s Quick Reference to School Related Statutes and the School Recourse Guide of 2017 and subsequent revisions.
- If MCOPS funds were received in 2017-2018, all applicants must meet the SRO requirements in Miss. Code Ann. § 37-3-82 and § 37-7-323. Districts must be in compliance in order to apply for the 2018-2019 grant funds.
- Each SRO listed in the application must provide documentation they received the required 40 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) within the last 12 months

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submitting written questions by email is Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Copies of all questions submitted and responses will be posted to MDE’s website under the Public Notices section and will be available to the general public on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

Tentative Timeline:
- July 20, 2018: Application Release Date
- August 21, 2018: Application Deadline
- August 27-28, 2018: Evaluation of Applications
- October 11, 2018: Notice of Awards
- December 1, 2018: Grant Activity Begins

One (1) application must be received by 5:00 pm Central Standard Time on Tuesday, August 21, 2018.

The grantee must match at least $10,000 in local funds or in-kind match which shall be used on equipment for the SRO(s) and/or safety equipment for the school upon which they are assigned or safety related training costs for the SRO(s).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Hand Deliver Applications to:
Monique Corley, Director
Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
Central High School, Suite 307
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS

Mail Applications to:
Monique Corley, Director
Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
MCOPS grant
Post Office Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205-0771

Ship Applications to:
Monique Corley, Director
(FedEx, UPS, etc.) Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Questions concerning the Request for Application (RFA) should be sent to:

Contact: Safe and Orderly Schools
Phone: 601-359-1028
Fax: 601-359-3184

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Mississippi