Eligible Applicants: States, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes—that is, jurisdictions—that employ eligible law enforcement officers are eligible to apply for BVP funds.
For the purposes of the BVP Program, “state” means each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands; “unit of local government” means a county, municipality, town, township, village, parish, borough, or other unit of general government below the state level.
“Law Enforcement Officer” is defined as any officer, agent, or employee of a state, unit of local government, or an Indian tribe authorized by law or by a government agency to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, or investigation of any violation of criminal law, or authorized by law to supervise sentenced criminal offenders. This includes full-, part-time, and auxiliary personnel, whether paid or volunteer.
Below is a list of general job categories determined to be eligible for this program. This is not an all-inclusive list. Job categories not listed below may be eligible. Please contact the BVP Help Desk for assistance with eligibility determinations.
• Sheriff deputies
• Adult and juvenile jail, detention center, and correctional institution officers
• Judicial officers
• Prosecutorial officers
• Transit authority police officers
• Harbor/port authority police officers
• Fire marshals
• Arson investigators
• State police officers
• County college, city college, and university police
• Park and conservation police officers
• Traffic and code enforcement officers
• Liquor control/authority investigators
• Adult and juvenile probation officers
• Parole officers
• Police chaplains