Governor Lee Launches $100 Million Fund to Support Local Law Enforcement Efforts


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is launching the $100 million Violent Crime Response Fund for local law enforcement.

Agencies are invited to apply for grants aimed at improving public safety in Tennessee communities.

“As Americans face increasing crime across the country, Tennessee is equipping law enforcement with the tools necessary to keep every community safe,” Lee said. “Unprecedented times call for unprecedented support. I urge all police departments and sheriff’s offices to seize this opportunity so that the state can invest these dollars wisely in proven methods that will reduce violent crime and enhance public safety. Every Tennessean deserves to feel safe in their community, and our local law enforcement deserves access to the resources necessary to provide that quality of life.

The fund was included in the state’s 2022-23 fiscal year budget as a cornerstone of Governor Lee’s proven crime prevention agenda. The goal is to support the work of local law enforcement to reduce violent crime.

Eligible uses of funding include the hiring and training of specialized crime units, the purchase and application of new technology and equipment, law enforcement partnerships with community organizations, and more.

Local law enforcement agencies can apply for a grant until January 2023. Click here for more information.

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