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Local police, sheriff’s departments awarded funds to improve safety

Local police, sheriff’s departments awarded funds to improve safety
Seven law enforcement agencies in Union City and Obion County have been awarded nine grants totaling nearly $70,000 to support highway safety.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transpor-tation Commissioner John Schroer today announced more than $16.2 million to support highway safety in Tennessee.
The funds support the mission of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) to save lives and reduce injuries on Tennessee roadways through leadership, innovation, coordination and program support in partnership with numerous public and private organizations.
Locally, grants were awarded to:
• Union City Police Department, Network Co-ordinator, $15,000;
• Union City Police Department, Alcohol Ac-cident Reduction Program, $20,000;
• Union City Police Department, High Visi-bility Law Enforcement Campaigns, $5,000;
• Obion County Sheriff’s Department, High Visibil-ity Law Enforcement Cam-paigns, $5,000;
• Kenton Police Depart-ment, High Visibility Law Enforcement Campaigns, $5,000;
• Obion Police Depart-ment, High Visibility Law Enforcement Campaigns, $4,977.08;
• Samburg Police Depart-ment, High Visibility Law Enforcement Campaigns, $5,000;
• South Fulton Police Department, High Visibil-ity Law Enforcement Cam-paigns, $5,000;
• Troy Police Department, High Visibility Law En-forcement Campaigns, $5,000.
“We continue to work with local and state agencies to make our roadways safer,” Haslam said. “These grants will support the efforts of highway safety agencies and advocates to reduce the number of people killed and injured in traffic crashes in Tennessee each year.”
There are multiple elements that contribute to a sound and safe roadway system. Some of those aspects are an accurate traffic safety data collection and analysis system, well-trained and well-equipped law enforcement personnel and effective emergency medical and trauma systems. A major part of roadway safety is educating motorists about laws and good driving behaviors.
“These grants help fund a variety of enforcement, legal and educational initiatives across the state, including speed enforcement, first responder equipment purchases, DUI prosecutors and child passenger safety training,” Schroer said. “These grants will make a difference in the effectiveness of our highway safety partners.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administra-tion provides the funding for GHSO grants.
The grants are awarded to agencies that successfully applied for funding based on a defined problem and statistical need. Each year, the GHSO accepts applications from agencies across the state for available highway safety funds. Applications are reviewed and scored by the GHSO and external highway safety advocates. The agencies that meet the criteria for funding received awards.
“Grants awarded by the GHSO are provided in areas of need,” GHSO director Kendell Poole said. “Statistics show our problem areas and we strive to put the funding where it will be most effective. We are dedicated to saving lives across Tennessee and pledge to work with grantees statewide to accomplish our mission.” Published in The Messenger 10.20.11

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