BREDESEN ANNOUNCES GRANT FOR OAK RIDGE POLICE COMMUNICATIONS
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the City of Oak Ridge Police Department will receive a nearly $1 million federal grant to upgrade public safety communications systems. The funds, awarded through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, will upgrade and replace outdated radios and provide equipment allowing for reliable communication with surrounding counties while identifying any other gaps in their technology.
“We’ve taken the lessons learned by other states, particularly during Hurricane Katrina, and worked to strengthen public safety communications in Tennessee,” Bredesen said. “I’m pleased to see this grant provided to improve the ability of Oak Ridge Police to respond and provide protection for citizens.”
Through the Byrne Grant Program, the City of Oak Ridge is awarded $983,783 for the police communications projects. Byrne grants are awarded to states and local governments through the U.S. Department of Justice to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions. The program provides agencies with the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they need them most.
Bredesen also announced today three additional Byrne grants. The University of Memphis received $536,609 to support the University’s role “Operation Safe Community: Integrated Gang and Violent Crime Reduction Project,” a local and federal project in Memphis and Shelby County, and the City of Murfreesboro received a federal grant of $21,071 to upgrade current software systems used by the County of Rutherford and the City of Murfreesboro. The City of Kingsport was also awarded $13,478 to equip more patrol units technology improvements.
Thanks to Byrne funding in 2007, Tennessee was able to provide correctional programming to approximately 800 offenders in a variety of projects, with resulting recidivism rates well below the national average in all projects. Additionally, victim and witness coordinators in 13 judicial districts provided victim assistance in filing warrants, learning how the criminal justice system works, and obtaining restitution.