State Senator Mae Beavers has announced that DeKalb County will be receiving two grants to help fund various public safety and law enforcement initiatives. Senator Beavers stated her appreciation for the work of United States Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Bob Corker to make these federal funds possible in Tennessee. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funding for the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO).
“DeKalb County law enforcement officials have worked diligently to ensure that the safety of the citizens remains their utmost priority. I believe that one of the government’s most important functions is to keep its citizens safe; and these grants will assist the Alexandria Police Department and Smithville Police Department in accomplishing their objectives,” stated Beavers.
In order for agencies to receive a grant award, they must successfully apply for funding based on problem and statistical need. The GHSO notified agencies across the state that applications were being accepted for highway safety grants. Applications were reviewed and scored by the GHSO and external highway safety advocates. The agencies that met the criteria for funding received awards.
The grants will be distributed as follows:
DeKalb County- Alexandria Police Department- High Visibility Law $5,000 Enforcement Campaign.
DeKalb County-Smithville Police Department- High Visibility Law $5,000 Enforcement Campaign
The grants are awarded annually and serve to advance the commitment to save lives and reduce injuries on Tennessee roadways.