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Police Funding for Digital Investigations Technology

Did you know there are countless grant and funding opportunities for your agency to purchase new technology for digital investigations? If you are a state, local, tribal, or territorial law enforcement agency then you should explore grant funding to get the tools to modernize your digital forensics capabilities.  

While there are certain types of grants for specific purposes, your articulation of the problem and solution that you are trying to achieve will influence if you are awarded funds. Based on the way you articulate the problem and solution you may still qualify for a grant even if your need doesn’t quite match the one identified on the FOA. 

We’re here to help you solve your funding challenges, we have created a list of best grants for police departments and law enforcement agencies to secure funding for your digital investigations.  

Visit Magnet Forensics grant page for the most up to date grants that suite your needs. 

C.O.P.S. Grant 

The COPS Office awards grants to hire community policing professionals, develop and test innovative policing strategies, and provide training and technical assistance to community members, local government leaders, and all levels of law enforcement.  

Since digital evidence is becoming a more prominent component of modern investigations, articulating the need for digital forensics software to process and analyze digital evidence may help position your application to receive funding. 

BYRNE Grant 

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to states and units of local government. While this grant primarily focuses on narcotics, many narcotics cases have mobile device or computer evidence components, which would allow proposals for digital forensics software to assist in investigating these crimes. 

Coverdell Grant 

The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program awards grants to states and units of local government to help improve forensic science and medical examiner/coroner services, including services provided by laboratories operated by states and units of local government. 

Intellectual Property Enforcement Program (IPEP): Protecting Public Health, Safety, and the Economy from Counterfeit Goods and Product Piracy 

The IPEP program is a grant solely dedicated to cyber enforcement. This grant is predominantly focused on intellectual property and economy, but also has a cyber component which could lend itself to proposals for digital forensics software. 

Victims of Crime Acts (VOCA) 

VOCA grants have been allocated to assist victims of cybercrime. For example, the purchase of digital forensics software to identify and protect victims could be a justified purchase for this grant. 

Visit Magnet Forensics grant page for more information. 

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