Tennessee Governor Pledges Millions to Fight Crime, Locally | Local News

Governor Bill Lee is making $100 million available to police departments and sheriff’s offices across the state to fund projects aimed at reducing crime rates.

Chattanooga Police and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office are set to receive nearly $2 million in public funding to help fight crime. Governor Bill Lee is making $100 million available to localities to “enhance public safety” and combat rising crime rates across the state. On Tuesday morning, he announced his Violent Crime Response Fund, inviting local law enforcement agencies and departments to apply for a grant.

In a press release, the governor’s office says the funds were included in Lee’s fiscal year ’22-’23 budget. If rewarded, local police and sheriffs can use for “…evidence-based intervention models, hiring and training specialized violent crime units, buying and selling application of technology and equipment and law enforcement-led partnerships with community organizations to disrupt and prevent violent crime.”

Cleveland Police and the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office together are expected to receive more than $800,000. Applications will be accepted until next January. The portion of the fund that will be distributed to each jurisdiction will be determined by an as-yet-unreleased formula with “…additional access to a pool of additional funds available to agencies entering into regional collaborations or partnerships.”

In total, the region could see nearly $5.5 million of the $100 million made available.

The allocations reserved for police and sheriff forces in the Local 3 News viewing area are as follows:

Hamilton Co.

Chattanooga Police Department – $1,631,583

Collegedale Police Department – $93,374

East Ridge Police Department – $190,762

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office – $332,442

Lookout Mountain Police Department – $76,701

Red Bank Police Department – $120,564

Signal Mountain Police Department – $78,753

Bradley Co.

Bradley County Sheriff’s Office – $288,065

Charleston Police Department – $77,898

Cleveland Police Department – $515,163

McMinn Co.

Athens Police Department – $188,579

Calhoun Police Department – $62,889

Englewood Police Department – $66,224

Etowah Police Department – $83,666

McMinn County Sheriff’s Office – $138,047

Niota Police Department – $65,967

Sweetwater Police Department – $94,696

Co. Marion.

Kimball Police Department – $57,029

Marion County Sheriff’s Office – $101,577

Monteagle Police Department – $54,635

New Hope Police Department – $20,000

Powell’s Crossroads Police Department – $20,000

South Pittsburg Police Department – $52,498

Whitwell Police Department – $54,122

Rhea Co.

Dayton Police Department – $85,804

Graysville Police Department – $70,242

Rhea County Sheriff’s Office – $115,901

Spring City Police Department – $71,354

Polk Co.

Benton Police Department – $52,583

Copperhill Police Department – $20,000

Polk County Sheriff’s Office – $85,930

Bledsoe Co.

Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Office – $47,065

Pikeville Police Department $39,455

Meigs Co.

Decatur Police Department – $43,815

Meigs County Sheriff’s Office – $67,158

Sequatchie Co.

Dunlap Police Department – $59,719

Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office – $62,883

Grundy Co.

Grundy County Sheriff’s Office – $96,913

City of Tracy Police Department – $39,369

You can consult the complete list of the agencies concerned here.

Localities can to apply here.