HB 39

  • Delaware House Bill
  • 152nd General Assembly (2023-2024)
  • Introduced in House Jan 19, 2023
  • House
  • Senate
  • Governor

An Act To Create The Expanded Protection For Our Communities And Homes Grant Program.


This bill seeks to create the Expanded Protection for Our Communities and Homes (EPOCH) Grant Program through a one-time appropriation of $20 million. The grant money would be distributed to every Delaware police agency that chooses to participate. The distribution would consist of a minimum standard allocation made to each agency and an allocation based on the number of uniformed officers authorized for each agency. EPOCH grants could be used by the recipient agencies to recruit new officers; promote or encourage careers in law enforcement; initially pay the salaries of newly hired officers; pay for overtime to facilitate additional work to address issues of local concern (including traffic enforcement); and implement programs designed to improve public safety in the area of the agency’s jurisdiction. The grant allocations would be available for the agencies to use for up to three years, after which any unused and unencumbered funding would return to the General Fund.

Bill Sponsors (15)


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Mar 02, 2023


Amendment HA 1 to HB 39 - Introduced and Placed With Bill

Jan 19, 2023


Assigned to Appropriations Committee in House

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee

Jan 18, 2023


Reported Out of Committee (Public Safety & Homeland Security) in House with 3 Favorable, 2 On Its Merits, 1 Unfavorable

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage-Unfavorable
Public Safety & Homeland Security

Jan 05, 2023


Introduced and Assigned to Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee in House

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee
Public Safety & Homeland Security

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