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.
2020 JAG Grant
Notice is hereby given that the City of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County are eligible to apply for a grant award of $56,724 (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 each receiving $28,362. 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 a Conducted Energy Devise (CED) in an effort to provide additional less lethal options for officers faced with a combative suspect.
The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office proposes to purchase three PVS -31 BNVD Night Vision Kits using grant funding. The Night Vision systems will be used by the SWAT team during low light or no light situations while conducting tactical operations. Those tactical operations may include but are not limited to hostage rescue, high risk warrant services, armed barricaded subjects, area searches for dangerous felons, and rescue operations. By utilizing the Night Vision Kits it will allow the tactical operator to see in total darkness while not utilizing any white light making it safer for not only the operator but for the suspect and citizens as well.
The governing bodies must review the application for at least thirty (30) days before the award is made. They began their review on July 30, 2020 when elected officials received 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 Archie Arroyo at the Murfreesboro Police Department at (615) 849-2673, or Reba Carleton at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department at (615) 849-4898.