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Important Notices

**Safe Policing and the President's EO 13929**

On June 16, 2020, President Trump issued Executive Order No. 13929 addressing safe policing principles in our communities. In part, the Presidential order mandates that DOJ discretionary grant funding will be available only to “those state and local law enforcement agencies that have sought or are in the process of seeking appropriate credentials for compliance with the two mandatory safe policing principles in the DOJ Standards of Certification.” The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has been identified as a credentialing body for law enforcement agencies in Florida. 
 
Pursuant to guidance issued by DOJ, FDLE will accept a “statement of declaration attesting that agency policy has been reviewed and is compliant with the EO. The statement of declaration is a legally binding document and assures that the agency head has reviewed the policy or policies and complies with the two mandatory requirements of the EO.”  The U.S. Department of Justice will continue to post updated information to the COPS Office website at https://cops.usdoj.gov/SafePolicingEO, and you may also contact the COPS Office at 800-421-6770.
 
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has released a fact sheet offering more information about the implementation of the order and providing answers to some frequently asked questions.  Agencies who wish to be eligible to receive DOJ discretionary grant funding must have policies in place which adhere, at a minimum, to the two, mandatory principles outlined below:
 
  1. Adherence to applicable laws. The applying agency maintains use of force policies that adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws. 
  2. Prohibition of choke holds. The applying agency maintains use of force policies that prohibit the use of choke holds, except in situations where the use of deadly force is allowed by law.
 
As noted above, FDLE will accept attestations from state and local agencies who wish to be eligible to receive DOJ discretionary grant funding. We emphasize that the attestation is a legally binding document being relied upon as a truthful declaration of an agency's compliance with these principles. FDLE will require these agency attestations to be signed by the agency’s chief executive.
 
Agencies who wish to be eligible to receive DOJ discretionary grant funding must submit their properly executed attestation by December 31, 2020 to FDLE’s Office of Criminal Justice Grants at Attestations@fdle.state.fl.us. Once an agency’s attestation has been reviewed and confirmed, it will be valid for three years from the date of issue. FDLE will provide written confirmation that attestations have been received.

If you have any questions regarding submission of the attestation, please contact Patricia "Patty" Stark at (850) 617-1252.
 

Overview

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Office of Criminal Justice Grants (OCJG) serves as the State Administering Agency (SAA) for various federal grant programs awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP). OCJG secures, distributes and manages federal grant funds for Florida’s criminal justice community. In addition to federal funds, OCJG also administers state grants for pass-through to local law enforcement, criminal justice agencies, and some non-profits, as appropriated by the Florida Legislature.

Structure

OCJG is divided between two units – the Subgrant Application & Management (SAM) Unit and the Compliance Performance and Reporting (CPR) Unit. The SAM Unit serves as the primary point-of-contact for subgrantees and is responsible for all federal subgrant applications, grant adjustments, claims, financial closeouts, and program generated income (PGI) reporting. The CPR Unit is responsible for all subgrantee performance reviews, monitoring, audit reviews, subgrant closeouts, etc.

Services

The Office of Criminal Justice Grants aids recipients in managing their subawards. OCJG provides assistance during the application and project development phase to ensure the proposed project is allowable under the federal program. OCJG also serves recipients post-award by sending reminders of upcoming deadlines and assisting with the submission of required reports. Additionally, OCJG is responsible for ensuring recipients receive the training and technical assistance required to manage their projects.