“Colombian National Police-Basic Police Academy Curriculum Assessment”

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Funding Opportunity ID: 326942
Opportunity Number: INLBOG-05082020-LEP-BPA
Opportunity Title: “Colombian National Police-Basic Police Academy Curriculum Assessment”
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Law, Justice and Legal Services
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 19.703
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Eligible organizations may include: (U.S. based non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or educational institutions having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS or overseas-based non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Public International Organizations (PIOs), or private/state educational institutions.
Agency Code: DOS-COL
Agency Name: Department of State
U.S. Mission to Columbia
Posted Date: May 08, 2020
Close Date: Jul 07, 2020
Last Updated Date: May 08, 2020
Award Ceiling: $500,000
Award Floor: $250,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $500,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: This project should support the overarching goal of INL Bogota’s Law Enforcement Professionalization Section (LEPS): to disrupt and dismantle narcotrafficking and other transnational crime by enhancing CNP capabilities, processes, and internal structures. To contribute to that goal, this project will assess the CNP basic police academy curriculum and eligibility criteria to attend specialty schools and provide recommendations, if warranted. This will help the CNP: (1) Strengthen basic training curriculum with a focus on practical tactics applicable to police work in the field; and, (2) Improve CNP capability to disrupt and dismantle narcotrafficking and other transnational crime by increasing the efficiency of basic training and enabling the deployment of fully qualified police into the field more quickly.Current CNP training methods focus heavily on theory, providing negligible practical training throughout the basic course that fully prepares the participant to immediately and effectively discharge police duties. This approach runs counter to law enforcement best practices that emphasize practical training over classroom instruction. CNP policy also permits basic academy graduates to apply and enter into specialty schools after only serving one year in patrol, which reduces the amount of officers in the field. The proposed in-depth assessment of both curriculum and post-academy graduate training policies should evaluate the aforementioned approaches and provide recommendations that the CNP could adopt.
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