Posted on May 12, 2005
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) are encouraging local Tennessee law enforcement agencies to seek funding from one of three federal grants totaling nearly $135 million, under the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. “Improving collaboration between law enforcement agencies and first responders protects Tennessee’s schools, homes, and businesses,” said Frist. “These grants target the training and equipment needs of law enforcement personnel as well the services that they provide in the community. Senator Alexander and I urge all eligible agencies and organizations in Tennessee to submit applications for these programs as part of a national effort to help local law enforcement. “These grants help to strengthen the law enforcement infrastructure in Tennessee as well as for law enforcement across the country,” said Alexander. “Senator Frist and I encourage all qualified agencies in Tennessee to apply for this funding to provide better security for Tennesseans and better communication for law enforcement nationwide.” The COPS grants are available to improve interoperability between law enforcement agencies, purchase school safety equipment and address the needs of tribal law enforcement. This year grant applications may be submitted electronically or on paper. The applications can be downloaded and submitted through www.grants.gov and the deadline for applying is May 31, 2005. For general information and organization qualifications to receive these grants please visit http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/default.asp?Item=1474 or call the COPS Office Response Center, at (800) 421-6770.