Posted on September 16, 2005
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded the U.S Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) for awarding a $6 million grant to the Memphis Police Department under the Interoperable Communications Technology Grant program. The Interoperable Communications Technology Grant program covers the purchase of communication equipment, enhancements to communication infrastructures, data information sharing systems and project management expenses associated with upgrading interoperable communication systems. “Proper communication between emergency personnel is vital to public safety,” said Frist. “This funding will provide the department with the equipment necessary to respond quickly and efficiently in the Memphis area. Senator Alexander and I appreciate the local community for their hard work throughout the application process and thank the COPS program for their continued support of Tennessee’s first responders.” “COPS grants help to strengthen the law enforcement infrastructure in Tennessee and across the country,” said Alexander. “This funding will help the Memphis Police Department with its first response reaction time. I’m pleased to see the Department of Justice make this significant investment in the safety of the citizens of Memphis.” COPS invited the primary jurisdiction from the three largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) in each state and territory, and the 50 largest MSAs in the country to apply for grants. After eliminating duplications and MSAs that have previously received grants, 91 cities applied and 26 were awarded grants. Each city is required to provide a 25 percent match of the federal funds, which were capped at $6 million.