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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 29, 2016

U.S. Attorney Announces More Than $800,000 in DOJ Grants to TBI and MPD

Memphis, TN – Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced today that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and the Memphis Police Department (MPD) have both received Department of Justice (DOJ) grants that collectively amount to more than $800,000.

The TBI is one of eight agencies nationwide selected to receive funding from the DOJ’s Community Oriented Policing Services’ (COPS) Anti-Methamphetamine Program. Under the program, the TBI received $446,802 to investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine.

Additionally, the MPD is among multiple law enforcement agencies selected to receive funding from the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs. The MPD has been awarded $401,193 as part of the Department’s Technology Innovation for Public Safety (TIPS) Program. The TIPS funding will enable the MPD to reduce violent crime, enhance mobile operation and increase community participation in its crime-reduction efforts. The proposed intervention will expand information sharing and analysis through license-plate recognition, and also expand MPD Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) assistance.

"The DOJ funding allotted to both the TBI and MPD will enable them to further their unwavering efforts in crime and drug prevention," said U.S. Attorney Stanton. "Totaling more than $800,000 collectively, these grants underscore the DOJ’s commitment to keeping our citizens and communities safe."

Updated September 29, 2016