Posted on September 30, 2004
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 $329,800 to the Marion County Sheriff's Department and $329,000 to Sequatchie County for the COPS Methamphetamine Training Initiative. "Methamphetamine abuse continues to threaten rural communities and is a major drain on local law enforcement resources," said Frist. "This funding is a critical step towards reducing methamphetamine abuse in Marion and Sequatchie counties, and will empower county police forces to effectively combat this dangerous and harmful form of drug abuse." "I appreciate the Department of Justice's investment in Marion and Sequatchie counties," Alexander said. "This funding will help rural communities fight the growing threat of methamphetamine labs by providing critical education, training and support services to law enforcement. I will continue to work with Senator Frist to give these programs the resources they need to keep Tennesseans safe." The COPS program has supplied $4.6 million in grants to combat the proliferation of methamphetamine in 19 jurisdictions. The grants awarded under the COPS Methamphetamine Training Initiative program cover expenses associated with training and technical assistance, equipment purchasing, officer overtime, community outreach campaigns and other approved costs.