published Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Hamilton law enforcement agencies get $380,000 in state grants

NASHVILLE — Law enforcement agencies in Hamilton County are getting $380,000 in state-administered federal highway safety grants.

Gov. Bill Haslam and state Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced today that more than $18.1 million in funds are going to law enforcement statewide through the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. The goal is saving lives and reducing injuries on state roads through innovation, coordination and program support in partnership with numerous public and private organizations.

Locally, Hamilton County District Attorney Bill Cox’s office is getting a $138,484 grant to aid prosecutions of drunk drivers.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was awarded two grants totaling almost $124,000. One is a $75,000 grant for the office’s Safe Journey program, which seeks to promote vehicle occupant protection and the correct use of child car seats through public and professional education and awareness.

The second Hamilton County grant of $49,848 is for its Remove Intoxicated and Impaired Drivers program.

Chattanooga police’s aggressive-driving enforcement program is getting $49,320.

Other law enforcement agency grants include $24,965 for the Soddy-Daisy Police Department’s “alcohol saturation” roadside sobriety checkpoints.

A $14,994 DUI grant is going to Red Bank police, while Lookout Mountain, East Ridge and Collegedale police are getting $5,000 grants each for their high visibility traffic enforcement campaigns.

Collegedale was also awarded $15,000 for a network coordinator and another $5,000 for drug-recognition expert instructor training.

IN THE REGION

BLEDSOE COUNTY

• $5,000: Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Office, High Visibility Law Enforcement Programs

• $5,000: Pikeville Police Department, High Visibility Law Enforcement Programs:

BRADLEY COUNTY

• $5,000: Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, High Visibility Law Enforcement Programs

• $10,588: Charleston Police Department, alcohol countermeasures

GRUNDY COUNTY

• $4,997.88: Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, High Visibility Law Enforcement Programs

• $5,000: Monteagle Police Department, High Visibility Law Enforcement Programs

• $5,000: Tracy City Police Department, High Visibility Law Enforcement Programs

MARION COUNTY

• $5,000: Jasper Police Department, High Visibility Law Enforcement Programs

• $15,000: Kimball Police Department, network coordinator

• $5,000: Marion County Sheriff’s Office, High Visibility Law Enforcement Programs

• $5,000: Powells Crossroads Police Department, High Visibility Law Enforcement Programs

• $10,000: South Pittsburg Police Department, alcohol countermeasures

• $5,000: Whitwell Police Department, High Visibility Law Enforcement Programs

MCMINN COUNTY

• $8,102: Athens Police Department, High Visibility Law Enforcement Programs

• $4,992: Calhoun Police Department, High Visibility Law Enforcement Programs

• $5,000: Englewood Police Department, High Visibility Law Enforcement Programs

• $14,994: Etowah Police Department, “Working to Keep Etowah Streets Safe”

• $10,673: McMinn County Rescue Squad, “Prom Promise”

• $39,999: McMinn County Sheriff’s Office, alcohol saturation patrol/roadside sobriety checkpoing

• $4,989: Niota Police Department, High Visibility Law Enforcement Programs

• $144,064: 10th Judicial District Attorney, DUI prosecution

MEIGS COUNTY

• $14,940: Town of Decatur, Impaired Driving Enforcement Program

• $5,000: Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, High Visibility Law Enforcement Programs

POLK COUNTY

• $14,995: Benton Police Department, network coordinator

• $15,470: Benton Police Department, Impaired Driving Enforcement Program

• $5,000: Benton Police Department, High Visibility Law Enforcement Programs

• $5,000: Polk County Sheriff’s Office, High Visibility Law Enforcement Programs

RHEA COUNTY

• $13,733: Dayton Police Department, “Making an Impact in Dayton”

• $25,000: Rhea County Sheriff’s Office, alcohol saturation patrols/roadside sobriety checkpoints

• $5,000: Spring City Police Department, High Visibility Law Enforcement Programs

SEQUATCHIE COUNTY

• $15,000: Dunlap Police Department, alcohol countermeasures

• $24,994: Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office, alcohol reduction enforcement

Source: Governor’s office

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