2020 THSO Grant
The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) is a division of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security advocating for traffic safety. The THSO works in tandem with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to implement statewide programs addressing occupant protection, impaired driving, speed enforcement, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and crash data collection and analysis. Programs administered by the THSO are 100 percent federally funded.
The THSO’s mission is to reduce Tennessee traffic fatalities as part of the nation’s vision Toward Zero Deaths. The THSO works to achieve this goal by changing driver behavior through increased education, enforcement, and community partnerships.
The type of grant the Murfreesboro Police Department received from THSO is called Community-Based Traffic Safety Enforcement and Education grant.
The most recent grant we have received (starts October 1st) is for $119,905.00. Of those funds:
- $83,967.00 goes for salaries and benefits of officers that will work grant funded overtime traffic enforcement.
- $35,938.00 goes toward the purchase of equipment. We will use those funds to purchase RADAR units.
2021 JAG Grant
Notice is hereby given that the City of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County are eligible to apply for a grant award of $61,903 from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and the U.S. Department of Justice. The award would be made jointly to the City of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County to be used for law enforcement purposes. The award requires no local matching funds.
The City of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County have agreed to share the funds equally, with City receiving $30,952 and County receiving $30,951. The Murfreesboro City Council and the Rutherford County Board of Commissioners have reviewed the terms and conditions of the application.
The Murfreesboro Police Department proposes to use the City’s share of the award to purchase Conducted Energy Devise (CED) in an effort to provide more less lethal options for officers faced with a combative suspect.
The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office wishes to purchase the IDEMIA MBIS Latent Expert Workstation, printing equipment and two (2) IDEMIA MorphoIDent mobile print identification units. These systems will be used by the Criminal Investigations Division, in conjunction with the RCSO patrol division, to better serve the community through effective and efficient crime scene investigation. The equipment will provide investigators with the tools to identify latent fingerprints of unknown persons by connecting to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s (TBI) Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) for potential matches in the national database. The mobile technology will provide a rapid and effective method of being able to identify persons in the field when an identity is uncertain, and a match is available in the TBI AFIS database. This superior technology will help investigators obtain more case results in an expedited fashion, allowing the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office to better serve the citizens of Rutherford County. This technology will also give RCSO an opportunity to assist other agencies in solving crimes or making identifications when other methods are not immediately available to them.
The governing bodies must review the application for at least thirty (30) days before the award is made. They will begin their review on July 29, 2021 when elected officials receive the information and will end thirty (30) days later. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will not make the award until the review period ends.
Anyone wishing additional information or who wishes to comment regarding the application for the grant award should contact Jenny Licsko at the Murfreesboro Police Department at (615) 849-2673, or Reba Carleton at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department at (615) 849-4898.