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Police Recruitment and Retention (PRAR) Grant

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Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services

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05/23/22 3:00 PM


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Grants and in-kind assistance to Maryland law enforcement agencies for workforce expansion and retention. Applicants must register with the application portal prior to applying. The goal of the program is to encourage and reward innovative and effective methods to improve the recruitment and retention of sworn police officers. Agencies may apply for funding to award as bonuses and for advertising support.

The primary purpose of PRAR is to provide funding to local law enforcement agencies to recruit and retain qualified sworn police officers. This supports the Governor's Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services’ Criminal Justice Unit’s goal of disrupting and dismantling criminal organizations involved in guns, gangs, drugs, and human trafficking.

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GrantWatch ID#: 196139

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Recruitment Efforts for Sworn Officers (applicable to new hires as of July 1, 2022):
- Bonus of up to $1,000 for sworn personnel that is bilingual proficient
- Bonus of up to $1,000 for Veteran(s) hired during the award cycle
- Bonus of up to $1,000 for sworn officers who earned a degree from an accredited college or university
- Advertising support (Examples: billboards, social media campaigns, and recruitment videos)
- Other recruitment efforts

Retention Efforts (all Sworn Officers are eligible during the grant cycle start date of July 1, 2022)
- Referral bonus of $500 for existing sworn officers that resulted in newly recruited police officers (bonus to be paid after the candidate has been assigned to an academy class)
- Bonus of up to $1,000 for longevity within the agency (Longevity bonus not to exceed $1,000 per officer with 3 or more years of service and who did not receive a bonus in prior funding years)
- Bonus of up to $1,000 for sworn officers that have acquired a degree from an accredited college or university and who did not receive this bonus during the previous funding year
- Health club memberships (maximum of $30/month per sworn officer)
- Sworn Officer’s uniform allowance (dry cleaning, repairs, alterations, etc.) provided this is not already covered by the agency
- Sworn Officer’s duty boots/shoes allowance (replacement footwear) provided this is not already covered by the agency
- Other retention efforts

Term of Contract:

July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility: Local law enforcement agencies statewide that conduct police investigations are eligible to apply.

The following services, activities, and costs cannot be supported with PRAR funding:
- Personnel (salary, fringe or benefits)
- Personnel lateral new hire bonuses
- Lobbying or administrative advocacy
- Audit costs
- Indirect costs
- Operating expenses
- Travel costs
- Training costs
- Supplies
- Rental fees
- Printing costs
- Telephone/fax
- Food/Beverages
- Trinkets (items such as hats, mugs, pins, portfolios, t-shirts, coins, and gift bags, etc.)
- Construction projects

The list above is not exhaustive. The Governor's Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services reserves the right to make additional budget reductions/restrictions and adjustments at its discretion.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services will conduct a technical assistance conference call to provide further application assistance and to answer questions. The PRAR technical assistance call will be held from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM on May 10, 2022.

Virtual Meeting Link:
Call in number is: 1-617-675-4444
PIN: 304 934 111 4174 #

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Technical Assistance Conference Call: May 10, 2022
- Deadline to Request a User ID: May 16, 2022
- Deadline to Submit an Online Application: May 23, 2022, by 3 PM
- Intent to Fund/Denial Letters Emailed: June 2022
- Award Documents Emailed: June 2022
- Sub-award Start Date: July 1, 2022
- Sub-award End Date: June 30, 2023

In order to use the Governor's Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services’ web-based application you must have a User ID.

Funds are paid on a quarterly reimbursable basis.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

If you need application assistance, please contact:
- Quentin Jones, Funding Source Manager:
- Angela Carpintieri, Program
- Mary Abraham, Deputy Director of Grants:
- Will vanWisse, Fiscal Grants Manager:

If you need assistance with program criteria or have questions about program design, please contact:
Richard Alban, Director of Public Safety Strategies:

Governor's Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services
100 Community Place
Crownsville, Maryland 21032-2022
(410) 697-9338

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